Warehouse keeper steals face masks in Dubai, jailed

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on September 17, 2020
Dubai, face masks

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The 43-year-old man was caught red-handed in a sting operation by the Dubai Police, selling stolen boxes of face masks worth Dh8,400.

 A warehouse keeper has been sentenced to one year in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance on a robbery charge.

He was caught red-handed in a sting operation by the Dubai Police, selling stolen boxes of face masks worth Dh8,400.

The court also ordered his deportation after serving his jail term and paying a Dh8,400 fine.  

Public prosecution records show that the robbery incidents took place over a span of time from May 31 to June 11. The case was registered at Al Rafaa police station.

The 43-year-old Asian man was accused of intentionally damaging the interests of the (public) entity where he worked and embezzling of its property. He is detained.

The defendant, who worked as a medical supplies warehouse keeper at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), was reported to his supervisor by a Filipina woman after he had approached her to sell her the face masks.

"I am a co-owner of a medical supplies company. I don't know the defendant personally prior to the case. I just know he worked as a keeper at the DHA warehouses," she recounted during the investigation.  

She told the investigator that the defendant offered her 28 boxes of face masks for Dh8,400. "I told him I would think about it. I reported him and was told to make him believe I would take his offer. On June 11, I was given Dh8,400 (that belongs to the police) while going to meet him. The accused was caught red-handed right after selling me the masks."

The defendant's direct supervisor said that the latter was entrusted with medical supplies and given a spare key of the warehouse. "He had been working as a warehouse keeper since September 2010. I was shocked he abused his job to rob 28 boxes of face masks, each containing 100 packets, worth Dh8,400."

The defendant can appeal the ruling within 15 days.


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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