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Flight attendant steals over $5000, flushes it down Dubai-bound plane toilet

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A steward on a Dubai-bound flight stole 18,550 AED ($5,000) from three brothers while they were tending to their father who fell ill during the flight, a Dubai court has heard.

The defendant, a 37-year-old Egyptian, flushed the money down the toilet when the theft was discovered on the flight, according to Khaleej Times.

The three brothers said that they suspected the steward as he was “constantly coming” to the business class area where they were seated, even though his duties were restricted to the kitchen.

“A stewardess took us into the first class kitchen and took photos of the bills that were still with us in other bags because they had the same serial numbers as the stolen ones,” one of the brothers told the prosecutor.

“I learned later that a fingerprint lifted from a bill in my brother's wallet matched with the defendant's. We had spotted him earlier purchasing a perfume worth about Dh1,000 from the duty free goods that were being sold on the flight. We had not discovered the theft then,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

A policeman said they issued an arrest warrant against the defendant and he was apprehended at the airport a month later.

“He denied the theft at first, claiming he was helping the travelers with their bags and he must have touched the brothers’ belongings.

But he later confessed. He admitted he had disposed of the bills in the toilet after the police were informed and before the flight landed,” a policeman said.

A trial was adjourned until November.