UAE: Man arrested for stealing camel as gift for girlfriend
He reported discovering it near his own farm in order to cover up the theft.
A man was arrested for stealing a young camel from a farm as a present for his girlfriend on her birthday, Al Bayan reported on Wednesday.
Brigadier Abdullah Khadim, Director of Bur Dubai Police station, said that the man and his girlfriend decided to report the camel as being found near their own farm, out of fear that the theft would be discovered.
He said the police station received a report about a camel that had disappeared a few hours after it was born. The police sent a team to the location of the incident, but were unable to find any evidence pointing to a thief.
A few days later, the police received a report from a man who said he'd found a young camel in front of his own farm. A team was dispatched to the man’s farm, but was unconvinced by his story. The police decided to investigate further, as the distance between both farms is 3 kilometers — with a main road between both farms — and a newborn camel would not have been able to cover such distance.
Upon further questioning, the man confessed that he stole the camel, which belongs to a rare breed and is very expensive, in order to gift it to his girlfriend for her birthday, Brigadier Abdullah noted.
The man added that he'd entered the farm at night to steal the camel, and then created a fake story about finding it at his own farm.
Brigadier Abdullah said that the police returned the young camel to its actual owner and referred the thieving man and his girlfriend to the public prosecution on charges of stealing the camel and giving police fake information.
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