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He has now made an enemy of his former boss, convicted fraudster Yusuf Omarjee, who had withdrawn the foreign currency for a trip to Dubai.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

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