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20 April 2024

Dubai Police dial into airport smartphone thefts

A file picture of Dubai International Airport.

By Mohammad El Sadafy

A crackdown by Dubai Police on burglaries involving passengers’ luggage at the airports has led to a number of arrests.

Mobile phones and money are the items that top the stolen list, according to the police.

An airport worker, identified as AJ, 27, from Uganda, was recently arrested in the crackdown, caught after stealing a mobile phone. AJ sold the phone to a mobile store outside the aiport for Dh1,800.

The shop owner received a call from the airport police and then identified the accused from a picture.

The accused confessed to a number of thefts, including wristwatches, 13,000 Iraqi dinars and SR5,000.

In a second incident, Dubai Public Prosecutors have asked for maximum punishment for a Kenyan baggage handler, MN, aged 21.

According to the case, the supervisior of the handler said he had received a telephone call from one of the company's workers informing him that the accused opened a bag belonging to an EK flight to Paris and took something from it.

The supervisior ordered the suspect held until his arrival. He then found a mobile phone hidden on the suspect.