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Storekeeper selling stolen face masks worth Dh8,400 arrested in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 6, 2020
face masks, covid-19, coronavirus

The warehouse keeper was caught red-handed in a sting operation by the Dubai Police.

A warehouse keeper was caught red-handed in a sting operation by the Dubai Police, selling stolen 28 boxes of face masks worth Dh8,400, the Dubai Court of First Instance has heard.

Public prosecution records show the robbery took place between May 31 and June 11. The case was registered at Al Rafaa police station.

The 43-year-old defendant, who has been detained, is accused of intentionally damaging the interests of the entity where he worked and embezzling of public property.

The defendant, who worked as a medical supplies warehouse keeper at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), was reported to his supervisor by a Filipina woman after he approached her to sell masks.

"I am a co-owner of a medical supplies company. I didn't know the defendant personally prior to the case. I just knew he worked as a keeper at the DHA warehouses," she recounted during the investigation.  

She said the defendant offered her 28 boxes of face masks for Dh8,400. "I told him I would think about it. I reported him and was told to make him believe I would take his offer. On June 11, I was given the amount to meet him. The accused was caught red-handed right after meeting me and selling the masks."

The defendant's direct supervisor said that the latter was entrusted with medical supplies and given a spare key of the warehouse. "He had been working as a warehouse keeper since September 2010. I was shocked he abused his job to rob 28 boxes of face masks."

The defendant will be sentenced on September 16.


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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