Pharmacy guard jailed for stealing gel and Viagra

Defendant stole shaving gel, vitamins and Viagra pills from shelves, hid them in his backpack

Dubai: A man has been jailed for three months for stealing shaving gel, vitamins and Viagra from a pharmacy where he worked as a security guard.


A customer called up the pharmacy and informed the pharmacist, who answered the call, that he lost his mobile phone while shopping at the pharmacy in Al Nahda area.

After the client told the Indian pharmacist that he doubted that the 23-year-old Pakistani security guard must have stolen his phone, the pharmacist went to check the guard’s backpack.

When he opened the backpack, he found inside several items that had been taken off the pharmacy’s shelves such as shaving gel, Viagra pills and vitamins.

When he confronted the defendant with the items, the guard said he had purchased them from another pharmacist during an earlier shift.

The Indian called the police when he realised that the Pakistani guard had stolen items from the pharmacy earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the defendant of stealing although he had pleaded not guilty.

“I did not steal those products … somebody put them in my bag. I don’t know how or when,” the accused contended in court.

Presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi said the defendant will be deported after serving his jail term.

The pharmacist testified that he checked the defendant’s bag after the customer called and told him that he suspected that the guard had stolen his phone.

“I checked his bag and found that he had taken several products. He claimed to me that he had purchased them from another pharmacist during an earlier shift. When I checked with my co-worker, he denied that he had sold any products to the accused. When I asked him about the customer’s missing phone, he took it out from his bag and gave it to me,” he told prosecutors.

The ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.

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