Durban jewellery heist couple finally arrested

Durban jewellery heist couple finally arrested

A tip-off prompted the capture of Mohamed Billal Sheik, 37, and 42-year-old Zahida Rahaman, who were associated with the 2013 break-in at the Cherry Plan store in Durban’s Door strip mall.

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A Durban couple who pulled off a multimillion-rand gems heist in 2013 and has been on the run since 2018, was captured in East London on Monday morning.

A tip-off prompted the capture of Mohamed Billal Sheik, 37, and 42-year-old Zahida Rahaman, who were associated with the 2013 break-in at the Cherry Plan store in Durban’s Entryway mall.

Across the nation Uncommon Examinations private specialist Sean Peirce, who had been helping the police, said the constant quest for the couple prompted their capture.

“We posted all over Facebook and wrongdoing bunches about them being on the run. A tip-off went ahead Thursday. It was conveyed to Durban police, who reached East London police. It was found the pair were working in East London. The warrants of captures were messaged and they were captured at the beginning of today [Monday],” he told TimesLIVE.

Peirce said the couple would be moved back to Durban later in the week.

The indicted team and an accessory, Imitiaz Hoosen, 32, fled from court during a mid-day break in November 2018. Hoosen was followed to his home and is carrying out a 15-year punishment.

Rahaman was portrayed as “within individual” as she had been a worker at the gems store for over two years. She made duplicates of the store’s keys and messed with the store’s CCTV film the evening of the theft.

Inside hours of the theft, the three were captured.

Rahaman’s better half, who had been unconscious of her supposed relationship with Sheik, was available at their first court appearance.