x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Shoplifting mother and daughter sent to misdemeanours court

Judges rule that two women, accused of stealing Dh2,182 worth of merchandise from a Debenhams, should not be tried in the criminal court.

DUBAI // A 56-year-old mother and her 24-year-old daughter have been referred to the Court of Misdemeanours after the Court of First Instance dismissed charges that they stole clothes from a Debenhams shop last year.

The two Iranian women, who were visiting the country, were charged with theft at night. A verdict was expected today at the Court of First Instance, but the judges reduced the charge to a misdemeanour.

Records said the women entered the shop about 5pm and, as they walked among the shelves, stole two pairs of trousers, a shirt, two head covers, four pairs of shoes, a jacket and women's perfume, all worth Dh2,182.

YA, a security guard, said he saw the two women hiding the clothes on camera. He said they took the items into fitting rooms, and when they came out, the bags they were carrying seemed bulkier.

He said the women returned a jacket, then left the shop.

YA told the store workers to check for the items in the fitting rooms. They found nothing, but when they checked the jacket, they discovered the tags of the missing items hidden inside.

YA said he directed two other guards to arrest them and called police.

salamir@thenational.ae