A millionaire was caught on camera stealing a mobile phone worth only Dh200 from a girl at a shopping mall in Sharjah but he told police he just did not know why he did so.
That was also the case with a businesswoman, who pinched a bread pack from a supermarket and told police she could not understand why she stole it.
These cases were among a large number of thefts committed by rich people and celebrities at shops in Sharjah but most of them were tackled cordially on the spot.
A report published in Sharjah police magazine showed that woman committed such petty thefts at shops in the emirate far outnumbered men.
“Most of these cases involve petty thefts which were not planned in advance…such cases increase during sales seasons,” Emirat Alyoum daily said, quoting Colonel Khalifa Abdullah, director of the comprehensive police stations administration.
“One of those cases involved a millionaire who stole a mobile phone worth only around Dh200 from a girl…when he was summoned by the police, he came in a car worth more than Dh500,000,” Abdullah said.
He said another case involved a businesswoman who pinched a brown bread pack from a local supermarket. “When we questioned her, she said she did not know why she did it…most of the recorded thefts by these people were not motivated by need but could be a psychological whim…some of them feel better when they steal.”