Thief had racked up losses gambling
A cleaner is accused of stealing his friend’s wallet in order to pay off gambling debts.
Dubai Court of First Instance was told the 24-year-old Pakistani was a regular gambler and had lost money.
It’s claimed that on January 8 he stole the wallet and withdrew Dhs2,000 from his friend’s bank account after obtaining the man’s bank card and pin number.
A 36-year-old Emirati policeman that the accused told him he suffers with a gambling problem.
“He claimed that he played cards with others and lost the money,” the policeman said.
“He planned to steal the wallet and the money and then paid his debts to an Egyptian man in the Al Awir area.”
Prosecutors said the victim, a 58-year-old Pakistani security guard, said he was in his building in the Refaa area and went to sleep in his room, leaving his wallet on a table near him.
When he woke up in the morning, the wallet was gone. By Ali Al Shouk
“The wallet contained my bank card and Dhs120. I discovered that someone used my card and withdrew Dhs2,000 from my account,” the victim said in records. He said he went to the bank to cancel his card and was issued a new one, then went to the police station to report his missing wallet.
Dubai Police managed to identify the defendant as the ATM at which he withdrew the money was fitted with the CCTV cameras.
“Police asked me to identify the suspect and I knew him,” the victim said.
“He had my pin code as I once gave him my card with the code to withdraw money for me.
He kept the code with him and stole the wallet and used the card.” The defendant admits theft, A verdict is due in the case on July 24.
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