Charges to be pressed on suspects involved in foiled ROOT heist

Screenshot from CCTV footage of the attempted ROOT heist in front of Bank of Ceylon

Malé, Maldives –  The suspects arrested over the attempted theft of a large sum of money from Root employees have been charged today by the Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office, who has sent the case to the Maldivian Criminal Court.

On October 25, four men attempted to steal MVR 4.2 million that was being taken to the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) from local business ROOT. However, due to efforts by ROOT employees, onlookers and especially a BOC security guard, the heist did not go as planned for the perpetrator.

While three of the four youth were wearing helmets to conceal their identities, CCTV footage could clearly identify the license plates on the vehicles and leading to their arrest shortly after. Another series of arrests were made later relating to this case.

Four of the remanded individuals , Ahmed Ameer, Hussain Abdul Majeed, Mohamed Mus’ab Zubair and Abdulla Rashid, who are aged 20, 22, 23 and 27 respectively, are charged with theft by extortion under Section 213 (a) and Section 210 (b) (1) of the Penal Code.

The PG Office also charged Mohamed Azmeen as an accomplice, under Section 213 (a), Section 210 (b) (1) and Section 30 (b) (1) and (d) (2) of the Penal Code.

The main suspects had attempted to snatch a box containing MVR 4.2 million from the tobacco shop ‘ROOT’ owned by Consumer Goods Trading Pvt Ltd (CGT), in front of the BOC building in capital Male’.