x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Hapless burglar in Dubai broke into car to find owner sleeping

Things got worse for the thief when the owner - forced to sleep in the vehicle as he had lost his house keys - stepped outside and recognised him.

DUBAI // A hapless thief broke into a parked car only to find its owner sleeping inside, a court heard today.

And things got worse for the thief PK, 26, from Bangladesh, when the owner - forced to sleep in the vehicle as he had lost his house keys - stepped outside and recognised him as a local cafeteria worker.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that the thief smashed the back window of the Nissan Sunny on 2am on April 8 this year, believing the car to be empty.

The sound of breaking glass awoke the car's owner, TR, 40, from Pakistan, who was sleeping in the front.

"I stepped out of my car and saw him, I recognised him, I knew he was from the cafeteria near my residence," recalled the owner.

He confronted the thief and asked why he had broken the window. The thief replied he had fallen into the window by mistake.

But the owner didn't believe him and called police. He was informed that many car thefts had been reported in that area of Al Rashidiya and that in each case the car's window had been broken.

The man confessed to a charge of attempted robbery. A verdict was scheduled for June 26.

salamir@thenational.ae