x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dh35,000 thief took off bin bag disguise in front of CCTV, court hears

A cleaner at the Dubai Mall disguised himself by wearing bin bags to steal Dh35,000 from one of the restaurants he was supposed to be working at, the Criminal Court heard.

DUBAI // A cleaner at the Dubai Mall disguised himself by wearing bin bags to steal Dh35,000 from one of the restaurants he was supposed to be working at, the Criminal Court heard today.

Prosecutors said that PA and JM, both 22 and from Bangladesh, were employed to clean Fabiano restaurant and a number of other premises at the mall. On June 14 this year they cleaned the restaurant as usual and left. However, they returned at about 2am with one of them wearing large plastic bin bags to cover his body and face. He opened the cashier's till and took Dh35,000 before leaving.

Employees called police after discovering the theft and officers found video footage from the restaurant of the theft taking place. Further recordings from the mall showed the thief taking off the bin bag and meeting with the other cleaner, who was providing a lookout.

Prosecutors said that the two cleaners learnt to open the till by watching the restaurant's accountant.

Both denied the charges.

The case was adjourned to August 15.

 

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