Dubai – Man arrested for stealing a rare newborn camel to gift his girlfriend
Emirati police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing a highly valuable newborn camel to give to his girlfriend for her birthday, the United Arab Emirates’ state-linked newspaper reported Wednesday.
The owners of the baby camel reported the theft from their farm earlier this month, according to the local National newspaper, prompting Dubai police to fruitlessly search the area. Several days later, an Emirati man called authorities to say a stray camel had wandered onto his farm almost 2 miles away.
When interrogated, the man’s story fell apart and he soon admitted to trespassing on his neighbour’s farm to steal the rare breed of camel for his girlfriend. Failing to steal an adult camel for his girlfriend, the man managed to flee with the newborn camel. But after a few days he got worried of being caught and called the police cooking up the story about the stray camel.
The police returned the camel to its owners and arrested the suspect and his girlfriend on charges of theft and making a false statement, the UAE paper National reported.