Cops nab slippery confidence trickster
After escaping twice from police custody and stealing millions from business entities from Essequibo to Georgetown, alleged confidence trickster Mohamed Ali was captured Wednesday and is to face multiple charges soon.
Police said that the suspect was nabbed in a house at Grove, East Bank Demerara, just a few days after escaping from custody.
Kaieteur News understands that at least nine businessmen who Ali had fleeced came forward to identify him after one of the victims placed the elusive conman’s picture in the Kaieteur News. A source said that the suspect is co-operating with the police.
According to reports, Ali had fleeced various businessmen of gold, had stolen a laptop computer from a hotel while staying there, and had fleeced management at a city Chinese store of $3M.
The suspect was arrested last November. He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Accident and Emergency Unit on November 2, 2010. While there, and having asked to use the washroom, Ali escaped custody after crawling into the A&E ceiling.
The police spent several hours searching the ceiling for Ali after he was long gone.
Kaieteur News understands that on Friday last, the conman returned to the same city hotel from which he had stolen a laptop computer about a year ago. He had altered his appearance, so management did not immediately remember him. However, he was subsequently recognised, apprehended, and handed over to the police.
A source said that while being transported to a police station, the suspect asked one of the ranks to allow him to collect some clothes from an Alberttown residence. Ali then went into the building and escaped through a back entrance.
He remained at large until his luck ran out last Wednesday.