By Awad Mustafa

DUBAI // A waiter at the Burj Khalifa’s Armani Hotel, accused of possessing more than Dh300,000 in stolen cash and goods, yesterday admitted stealing from a guest’s room at the luxury address.

KM, a 20-year-old South African, told the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance that he stole around Dh1,500 in cash from the room of a Saudi hotel guest on August 10. Earlier this month he was charged with stealing a Kuwaiti businessman’s Dh53,000 gold Rolex watch.

Police said that a search of the defendant’s home had turned up more than Dh300,000 in stolen cash and goods.

“When he was arrested, he confessed to the theft and pulled almost Dh12,000 from his wallet,” a police officer testified.

The theft took place when the guest left the hotel for an hour. When he returned and discovered the cash was missing, he filed a complaint to the hotel and the Dubai Police Tourism Security Department was informed.

Police reviewed keycard-use records to see who had entered the hotel room while the guest was out and this led them to KM.

Judge Fahmy Mounir Fahmy will issue a verdict on December 8