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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Police arrest man who stole from baqalas in Abu Dhabi

Man steals cash and prepaid phone recharge cards from grocery shops

A man who stole money and prepaid phone cards from grocery shops across Abu Dhabi has been arrested.

The Arab man would drive to baqalas in a luxury 4x4 with forged car plates — to evade police — and call the workers out to bring him mobile phone cards.

When they brought him the Dh100 recharge cards, he would tell them he needed change for Dh1,000. Upon their return, he would snatch the cards and the money and drive away.

“The man would immediately take off after the worker handed over the money and the prepaid card, putting the life of the worker in danger of being run over as they usually stand right next to the vehicle while delivering the items,” said Brig Gen Musallam Al Ameri, director of Al Ain Police directorate.

Several workers reported the crime to police at Al Rahba station, who then set up an ambush to catch the man.

He was arrested while attempting to steal from another baqala.

“During questioning, the man admitted to committing a number of similar crimes. He was arrested and his file was referred to the prosecutors,” said Brig Gen Al Ameri.

Police issued a warning to supermarkets and grocery shop workers, asking them to be wary of such crimes and to only hand over goods after receiving money from a customer.