Accused dollars thief quits bail bid

2014-07-30 00:00

AN Umhlanga domestic worker accused of stealing $70 000 (R735 600) has abandoned his bid for bail.

The Mozambican national last week made a run for the border but was arrested by fleet-footed private investigators.

It emerged yesterday in court that Iahaia Cassimo Iassima had entered South Africa illegally.

The 28-year-old appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody while the case is investigated.

It is understood that Iassima was intercepted by Magma Security investigators while on a minibus taxi, after a stack of dollars went missing on Wednesday last week.

Iassima had been bound for the Beit Bridge border crossing.

His former boss, convicted fraudster Yusuf Omarjee, had allegedly withdrawn the foreign currency for a trip to Dubai.

Iassima had worked for Omarjee at his plush Umhlanga home. The envelope of money, hidden in a cupboard, went missing after he had packed away clothes.

Iassima’s run for home saw him packing most of his belongings and discarding his cellphone, apparently so he could not be traced by police. It is believed that he had boarded a minibus in Pinetown that was bound for Johannesburg, his final stop before his dash for the border post.

In his luggage was a CD player, the inner workings of which had been neatly removed to conceal the stolen loot.

Magma Security head Shaheen Suleiman, who led the investigation, said that the arrest was a collective success.

“As soon as the money was found to have been stolen, the client in this case contacted me and we started working. For three days straight without sleep we searched for this man before we established he was running to Johannesburg,” he said.

Suleiman said that while his team raced to head Iassima off, he mobilised ranks of police to intercept the thief.

“We held our first roadblock in Ladysmith but he slipped through. The next roadblock was held at Wilge toll plaza and we scoured every vehicle. We eventually found him in the back of a taxi,” he said.



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