- A number of millionaires have been caught stealing petty items at malls and supermarket in Sharjah, UAE
- A ranking police official from Sharjah narrated two such cases to Gulf News
- The theft turned out to be due to kleptomania
Their stories have been told and retold many times in the past in almost any part of the world – rich people caught stealing petty items which they could easily afford in dozens or even in hundreds.
And their predicament can be summed up in one word – kleptomania. Kleptomania is described as the inability to refrain from the urge to steal items and is done for reasons other than personal use or financial gain.
This was the subject of an article by Aghaddir Ali for United Arab Emirates publication Gulf News.
Speaking to Colonel Dr. Khalifa Kalander, director of the Comprehensive Police Stations at Sharjah, one of UAE’s seven emirates, Mr. Ali, uncovered a series of petty theft in Sharjah shopping malls involving millionaires.
One such instance involved an Arab millionaire who stole a mobile phone worth AED 200 (P2,500) that belongs to a nurse working at a clinic.
When the nurse reported the theft to the police and summoned the suspect for questioning, he arrived in his flashy car worth AED 500,000 (P6.2-M). When questioned, he confessed to stealing the phone but could not explain why he did it.
Eventually he admitted to be suffering from kleptomania. He agreed to return the phone and offered the victim compensation. (Click here to read more)