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Dubai hotel valet driver charged for stealing valuables, cash from customers' cars

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on February 12, 2020 | Last updated on February 12, 2020 at 03.53 pm
Dubai, hotel valet, driver, charged, stealing, valuables, cash, customers cars

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The 31-year-old Pakistani valet driver was caught red-handed shortly after he stole Dh20 from a colleague's car.

A hotel valet driver has been charged at the Dubai Court of First Instance for theft from workplace.

The 31-year-old Pakistani valet driver was caught red-handed shortly after he stole Dh20 from a colleague's car. The hotel staff left the bill on purpose there after customers complained of losing valuables and cash.

He is accused of stealing a watch, worth Dh50,000, from a car, and $500 (about Dh1,835) from another car, both belonging to Emirati customers.

During the Dubai public prosecution investigation, the defendant confessed he stole the Dh20 bill from a car around 6pm on November 27 last year. He was arrested shortly later on that day by the police.

"Around 5pm on November 24 last year, a customer complained about losing a watch worth Dh50,000 he had left in the car prior to giving it to the valet driver," a Sudanese security supervisor at the hotel told the prosecutor. "Few hours later, we received another complaint from a customer that he lost $500. The defendant was our primary suspect."

The supervisor recalled in front of the investigator how they then left Dh20 in the car of a colleague and told the defendant to park it. "We found he took the money when we checked that car right after he parked it."

A complaint was filed at Bur Dubai police station. The driver has been charged with theft and attempted theft.

The court will sentence him on February 26.



Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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