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Cleaner at Dubai Courts complex steals Dh4,000 from charity box

SH, 26, hid until everyone else had gone home before stealing the money from a charity box opposite the prayer room on the first floor.

DUBAI // A cleaner at the Dubai Courts complex has admitted stealing more than Dh4,000 from a charity box and hiding it in his sock.

SH, 26, from Bangladesh, hid until everyone else had gone home before stealing the money from a charity box opposite the prayer room on the first floor.

The next day a department manager at the courts noticed the box was empty. "I would see 100 and 200 bills inside the box on daily basis so I felt something was wrong and I reported my suspicions to the central services section," recalled the manager.

Surveillance cameras at the court showed the cleaner turning the lights off in the corridor at about 8.20pm on March 12 and taking the box to a side room, then returning minutes later having emptied it.

Police found Dh4,360 hidden in the cleaner's right sock.

In court he confessed to a charge of theft. A verdict is expected on May 15.

salamir@thenational.ae