Caught with stolen dollars

2014-07-26 00:00

AN Umhlanga domestic worker’s run for the Mozambican border after allegedly stealing $70 000 (R735 600) was cut short by fleet-footed cops.

The 28-year-old Mozambican national was intercepted by police and private investigators while on a minibus taxi, hours after a stack of dollars went missing on Wednesday last week.

He has now made an enemy of his former boss, convicted fraudster Yusuf Omarjee, who had withdrawn the foreign currency for a trip to Dubai.

The domestic worker, Iahaia Cassimo Iassima, is in Westville Prison, ahead of his formal bail application next week.

It is understood that 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 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.

When Omarjee reported his holiday money stolen, Durban North detectives and private investigator Sean Peirce sprung to action.

They scoured Iassima’s KwaDukuza home before racing to catch up with the minibus that ferried their suspect away.

Cops and investigators passed the taxi and set up a roadblock at Wilge toll plaza in the Free State.

When his bags were searched, the stolen was money discovered.

Coast to Coast Investigations head Peirce said that Iassima’s arrest followed an inter-provincial chase that spanned hundreds of kilometres.

“The Durban North detectives and I scoured KwaDakuza and when we found out he was on a taxi heading for Jo’burg it was a mad rush to catch up with him,” he said.

Peirce said that when the money was found, Iassima admitted that he wanted to make a better life for himself in Mozambique.

“It is equivalent to nearly R800 000 and over two million in Mozambican meticais, he would have been living like a king back home if we hadn’t caught him.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that Iassima had appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and had been held in custody.

When Omarjee was contacted by The Witness, he said that he would provide comment when Ramadaan, the Muslim month of fasting, was over.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.