A husband was accused of having an affair after his wife found a woman’s fake nail and the smell of cannabis in his car – but the truth was more bizarre.
Muhannad Kaddour, from Leytonstone, East London, found himself in hot water when his partner made the discovery in his Lexus RX400 last week.
But the dad-of-two finally got to the bottom of what was going on when he found two strangers ‘up to no good’ in his car on Friday – and locked them inside.
The 32-year-old software developer, who says he’s never touched drugs in his life, got the shock of his life when he found the couple.
He locked them inside while police came – even getting a picture of them trapped.
However once eight Met Police officers arrived on the scene, Muhannad claims he was told there was nothing they could do and the duo were let go – even though £150-worth of items were also missing from his car.
The dad claims the male and female were using a hi-tech signal jammer to access his car at will, leaving no sign of entry and swiping gadgets and sunglasses while smoking drugs in there.
He claims the pair concocted a story about finding the vehicle’s window open and entering the vehicle to ‘look after it’ – which he says cops believed and let them go.
Bizarrely, the female stranger walked past Muhannad’s house the next day with an empty pushchair and a lanyard reading ‘staff’, giving him opportunity to film her in daylight.
Muhannad said: "These two scumbags have been getting into my car, stealing my stuff, making it dirty, smoking their drugs in there, and now they are caught they are going to let them go.
"It’s like theft is not a crime anymore. There’s no point in catching anybody as they just let them go.
"The police don’t bother catching the criminals. Then we catch them and the police let them go."
After a number of thefts from cars in the area, Muhannad discovered £150-worth of items missing from his car last month including sunglasses, gadgets, his daughter’s book bag and phone chargers.
However since there was no evidence of entry and the car was still locked, there was little he could do.
Around a week ago they then discovered a woman’s fake nail in the footwell of the vehicle, prompting questions from his wife.
Muhannad said: "My wife was like every woman saying ‘what the hell is that doing in there? Who was with you in the car?’ and I didn’t have any idea.
"She started giving me that look, like ‘who the hell have you been with?’
"Thankfully I have nothing to hide so I wasn’t bothered.
"I didn’t know who it belonged to. My first assumption was that I had stood on it. I said it must have stuck to my foot and got in the car that way.
"You wouldn’t think someone had access to your car. It just doesn’t occur to you.
"Then my wife started smelling cannabis in the car too. I said I don’t smoke it, I don’t know.
"And I had to explain that no one had gotten in my car and smoked either.
"I said ‘perhaps it’s some other smell and you’re mixing it up’. But I was worried."
Convinced that someone is accessing his vehicle, Muhannad began double checking that the vehicle was locked each night by clicking his remote key from inside the house through the window.
Muhannad said: "When I did it on Friday it made a strange noise but I couldn’t see it through the curtains so I pressed it again.
"The motion sensor came on meaning the car won’t open from the inside anymore as it was deadlocked. But I knew it meant someone could be in there.
"When I heard that I ran outside barefooted.
"To my shock, I saw two people sat inside the car. I was so shocked I was checking the number plate to check it was my car as they looked so comfortable.
"They had things out on my dashboard, they had a small tin in which they were clearly keeping their cannabis, they had roll up paper. They had money out.
"I think they got the code and were bobbing in whenever they wanted, chilling out and seeing if there was anything they wanted. Then they would just run off.
"The car is keyless so they couldn’t start it, but they could get in.
"I saw the signal replicating device in the woman’s hands. She had a small grey device with buttons on it that she hid from the police.
"When I was trying to lock her in she was pressing it and it was unlocking the car doors. It went on for about a minute before it deadlocked to lock them inside and then I called the police.
"Breaking into my car on its own should be a criminal offence, especially with the intention of stealing.
"It all seemed very straightforward. I didn’t think I needed any more evidence. I had two people locked in my car, no one had hurt them, I’ve caught them in the act."
However Muhannad claims eight police officers arrived on the scene, unlocked the car doors and let the unwelcome pair out.
Muhannad said: "Their story to the police was they claimed the car’s window was open and they knocked on the neighbour’s doors and when nobody answered, they sat in the car.
"I can guarantee 100% that my window was not down. That’s been confirmed with my wife and neighbour. And no one heard any of them knocking on their door.
"I told the officers that she had hid this device in her clothes as you could see she was hiding it, but the police would only check her bag and nothing else.
"They asked me to check if anything was stolen from the car and if not then they would let them go. This made me so nervous that I couldn’t even look properly.
"While the police talked to me they let the two people go.
"I had to beg them. It was humiliating. The police were shutting their car doors and trying to leave.
"I thought what is going on? I’m the victim here and they just don’t care.
"We’re frightened now. They are a gang, they have equipment. They know my house, they know my family are here.
"My wife is really frightened now. I’m so scared now I don’t know what to do. We’re having to get the locks changed on the house and get CCTV.
"While waiting to see what other security I can get for my car, I tried to dig into my car’s fuse box to take the central locking fuse out so that it would only open by key.
"As I was doing this I saw the woman walking past me. I think it’s a gang operating in East London so they are going about this area.
"She tried to ignore me, she tried to move past fast while putting sunglasses on quickly. She wouldn’t speak to me.
"I’ve complained to the police and I’m going to try to take this further.
"The next day I found they had left half a joint from the drugs they were smoking in my car. I panicked as I worried they could then call the police and say I had drugs on me.
"How the hell did eight police officers not notice this? It’s because they tried to get me to search the car in the dark with no torch. They made me use my mobile for light.
"The police shouldn’t be playing the role of judge and jury. They should have been arrested.
"To let them go on the spot is unbelievable. If this is the law in the country this has to be fixed.
"We’re hard working people. It might not mean much to the police but to me this is costing me an arm and a leg. I can’t afford to buy things like a phone charger on a daily basis.
"These people can never be caught. Even if you catch them, the police will let them go.
"The criminals know there is a gap in the law where if they are just stealing from the car and not stealing the car itself, they can get away with it.
"I feel like there’s nothing I can do within the law to make my community safer."
Muhannad has now made a formal complaint against the police about the incident and is hoping to take the matter to his local MP.
A Met Police spokesman said: "Police attended the scene after a man reported he had detained two suspected car thieves.
"However officers were satisfied that there was no evidence of any offences after speaking to them in detail.
"An individual made a complaint and it’s being looked into."
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