Duo convicted of bid to steal earphone and iPad

Guards stopped defendants’ attempt to steal after spotting them on CCTV on Christmas Day

Dubai: Two men, who tried to steal an earphone and an iPad on Christmas Day before security guards foiled their bid after seeing them on CCTV, will be jailed for six months.

An Indian security guard at a mall was in the surveillance room when he saw the Indian duo approaching the electronics section of a store in December.

The duo, a 29-year-old jobless man and a 30-year-old visitor, picked an earphone and an iPad off the shelves and headed towards the camping gear section.

They picked up a pair of scissors from there to remove the tags of the earphone and the iPad.

Once they did so, the alarm system set off, they dropped the items and ran out but the security guard and his colleagues restrained the defendants and handed them over to the police.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendants of attempting to steal an earphone worth Dh380 and an iPad costing Dh2,000.

When they showed up before the court, they pleaded guilty and admitted that they had tried to steal the two items.

The two accused contended before the presiding judge that they paid the store a sum of money and had reached an amicable settlement.

They told the presiding judge that the store had waived the complaint against them.

According to the primary ruling, the duo will be deported after serving their jail terms.

The guard said the defendants took the earphone and iPad from the electronics section.

“Then they went to the camping gear section, from where they took a pair of scissors to cut the price tags so they could take the stolen items with then. When the alarm system went off, they dropped the items and ran out of the store. I chased the duo along with my colleagues and restrained them,” he testified.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal.

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