x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Abu Dhabi Police trace tracks in sand to nab thieves

Police traced tracks in the sand to a room where they believed three bag-thieves were staying, a court heard today.

ABU DHABI // Police traced tracks in the sand to a room where they believed three bag-thieves were staying, a court heard today.

The bag was reported missing by a cleaner from Uganda, who left it outside his room after finding it was infested by insects. He hoped the insects would be killed by the sunlight, but when he returned the bag had disappeared along with its contents, which included watches, an iPad and a mobile phone.

Police tracked a trail in the sand to the room of three of the cleaner's colleagues.

According to police the men admitted finding the bag next to a dustbin, saying they took it, but returned it to the cleaner when they found out he was the owner. However, some of the contents were missing.

But in court the three men, from Asia, denied taking the bag and said they did not know how it ended up in their room.

The Criminal Court cleared them of theft.

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