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Posted On: 17 May 2009 10:25 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Bait in the wallet: Office thief caught in the act

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A man who had cash worth QR5,000 stolen from his wallet from his office desk thought of a novel way of catching the culprit. The victim once forgot the wallet on his desk and when he returned to take it, he was shocked to discover that currency notes worth QR5,000 were missing from it. He was sure that this was the handiwork of someone from the office itself. He waited for a few days to make sure that the incident was forgotten. After several days he thought of implementing his plan and inserted currency bills worth QR3,000 into the wallet and left it on his desk deliberately. Before that he had brought a small video camera and installed it so cleverly that no one could spot it. He had also made sure that no one saw him installing the spy equipment. The angle of the camera, which was hidden close to the desk, was such that anyone who touched the wallet would not escape its eyes. He then switched the camera on and went off. He returned after a while having presumed that sufficient time was given to the thief to steal the cash. He inquisitively grabbed the camera and turned it on. What he saw shocked him as he discovered that the culprit was none other than a man who cleaned up the office. He confronted the man later as he was not in at that moment and asked him if he had stolen cash from his wallet. As was expected, the man denied and said he had no idea of what he was talking about. He then showed him the video clippings which had caught him in action. He was seen cautiously approaching the desk and looking around to make sure no one was watching him. He then picked up the wallet slyly, opened it and pocketed the cash, leaving the empty wallet back on the desk. Having watched the clippings, the culprit was left speechless and confessed to have committed the theft. He told the victim that he had kept the cash in his room and that it was safe and he would return it. But the victim thought of teaching him a fitting lesson and lodged a police complaint. The culprit was taken into custody and referred for legal action by the public prosecution. The case was referred to the court and is being heard by a lower criminal court.