5 people charged in MVR 4.2 million snatch theft attempt

Combined photos of (from L-R) Abdulla Rashid, 27; Hussain Abdul Majeed, 22; Mohamed Mus’ab Zubair; andd Ahmed Ameer, 20. (Photos/Maldives Police Service)

Charges have been filed against five suspects in connection to the attempt to steal over MVR 4.2 million in cash transported for deposit by local tobacco distributor Root to Bank of Ceylon (BOC) in Male’ in October.

Four of the suspects were charged with theft, while the fifth was charged as an accomplice to theft.

The suspects charged with theft are: Abdulla Rashid, 27, Keemiyage, Thundi, L. Gan; Mohamed Mus’ab Zubair, 23, Caneermaage, G. A. Vilingili; Hussain Abdul Majeed, 22, Male’ Dhafthar no. 3648; and Ahmed Ameer, 20, Pink Villa, Vilimale’.

The police said in a previous statement that all four suspects have prior records for theft, armed robbery, assault, and drug offenses.

Meanwhile, the suspect charged as an accomplice to theft is Mohamed Azmeen, 30, Orchidmage, R. Rasmaadhoo.

In addition to Azmeen, the police had also arrested two more suspects as accomplices to the theft.

The theft was foiled by Root’s employees, and a private security guard who had been in front of BOC at the time.

Root  rewarded the security guard who intervened  with MVR 50,000, and three of their employees with MVR 10,000. The security guard was also presented with a plaque of appreciation by the police.