Iranian duo accused of using blade and screwdriver while shoplifting from Debenhams

The women used the weapons to remove magnetic security tags from clothes before walking out with them, police said.

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DUBAI // Two women used a blade and a screwdriver to remove the magnetic tags from clothes at Debenhams before stealing them, Dubai Criminal Court heard on Tuesday morning.

Iranians PD, 25, and MJ, 40, were arrested when a security guard suspected they were up to something and he found clothes in their possession without a receipt.

Both women were charged with stealing seven pieces of clothes from the department store at Deira City Centre.

Filipino shop manager RA, 40, testified that the pair came into the store on August 30 and chose some items before heading to the fitting rooms.

“They stashed the clothes inside their bags and, as they tried to get out of the shop, they were caught as they could not present a receipt,” said RA.

He said they went over the camera recordings and noticed the women leaving the fitting rooms without the items they took in but the clothes were not found in the fitting rooms.

Policeman NA, 28, said that the women were searched at the shop at about 10.30pm that day and a blade and screwdriver were found in their possession.

“They then confessed willingly to stealing the clothes,” said the officer.

They both denied a charge of theft in court and await a verdict on October 28.