Policewoman ‘stole money from airport passenger’s wallet’

Dubai Criminal Court heard that on August 5 this year the 28-year-old Emirati officer was seen picking up a wallet from the lost and found box.

DUBAI// A policewoman posted at Dubai International Airport has appeared in court accused of stealing money from a wallet left behind by a passenger.

The 28-year-old Emirati officer was seen picking up a wallet from the lost property on August 5, Dubai Criminal Court heard.

“Her job is to search travellers, looking for any suspicious stuff,” said a 36-year-old Emirati policeman told the court. “There is a box for any items passengers misplace.”

He said it was his job to investigate, so he checked CCTV cameras.

“I saw as she opened the wallet and took cash,” said the officer. The policewoman was arrested on August 8 and admitted taking US dollars and changing them into dirhams at an exchange house in the airport.

“She said the amount came to Dh2,000.”

The female officer admitted to breach of trust and embezzlement charges to police and prosecutors but denied the charge when she appeared in court.

The next hearing will be in October 19.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM

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