x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Cables stolen from Dubai electricity authority, court hears

Two men admitted stealing electric cables from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, prosecutors said.

DUBAI// Two electricians admitted digging up and stealing 50kg of cables owned by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and selling them to a man at the Sharjah Industrial area, a court heard this morning.

The Bangladeshi defendants, RM, 21, and SA, 25, were arrested after 2.30am on February 27 after a police officer on patrol saw them getting out of a taxi in a remote area, prosecutors told the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance.

The officer, AA, said in his testimony that he spotted the two men in a deserted sandy area in Al Khawaneej.

The men were getting out of a Sharjah taxi, which made the officer suspicious. He said he stopped one of the men and asked him why he was in that area at such a late hour.

The man told him he lived there, but failed to produce any identification, the officer said, according to court records.

While the officer was questioning the man, the taxi sped away, leaving the officer and the other defendant behind, prosecutors said.

The officer got into his patrol car, chased the taxi, and stopped it, according to court records.

The second defendant was found in the back seat of the vehicle with two bags containing large iron scissors and several empty plastic bags.

During investigations, both men confessed that they had previously dug up buried cables owned by the electricity and water authority, and had removed the tags that identified their owner. They said they had sold the cables from their previous theft to another man in Sharjah, according to court records.

The men were trying to steal more cables when the police officer caught them, prosecutors said.

The men await a verdict on April 5.

salamir@thenational.ae