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Water park guards jailed over theft

Awad Mustafa Dubai // Two security guards at Atlantis Aquaventure were jailed and ordered to be deported yesterday after being convicted of stealing the wallets and phones of two brothers who were visiting the water park. A Filipino guard AJ, 33, admitted stealing cash and three mobile phones along with two wallets. His colleague, JB, 32, had denied possessing Dh300 (US$82) of the stolen cash as well as aiding and abetting the crime but was found guilty. Both were given six-month sentences.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that the Arab brothers visited Aquaventure on July 18. The prosecution said that after they reported the theft, police reviewed closed-circuit television footage, but it revealed nothing. "After further investigations, it was revealed to us through sources that a woman received a call from one of the stolen [phone] numbers," said a police officer.

When questioned, the woman said she was in a relationship with JB. She had received one of the phones from JB, who had got it from AJ along with Dh300 to keep quiet about the theft. AJ was arrested and, according to police testimony, confessed to the crime. @Email:amustafa@thenational.ae