Deemed to be one of the biggest robbery plots in British history, the pair who worked for cash handling company Loomis abused their positions in an attempt to make off in a security van loaded with 19 bags of cash, on March 14 this year.
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The pair were caught as the result of an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad unit. CCTV recordings revealed shortly after the money was picked up at 8.30am, the van pulled over outside the security gates and Singh took a toilet break.
Former security guard Ranjeev Singh of Grampian Way, Slough both found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However this was an unauthorised stop and against company protocols that deem any such stop to be called into the control centre so the van can be closely monitored. Siddique drove off on his own and, with the help of another man, unloaded the bags into a white transit van parked in West View, Feltham , where the security van was later found abandoned.
Former security guard Mohammad Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough found guilty of conspiracy to steal (Image: Metropolitan Police)
A total of 19 bags of cash totalling 7m were missing from the vehicle. Siddique was found hours later, by a member of the public, his hands and ankles bound with cable ties and left on a service roads near the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Both men were arrested after Singh’s delay in alerting the control centre and Siddique’s inconsistent account of what happened.
When questioned by police as a victim, Siddique said he had been contacted weeks before by an unknown man who threatened to burn his house down.
Police reconstruction of how the 7m bags of Loomis cash would have looked (Image: Metropolitan Police)
However prosecution presented mobile phone data, from a cell found on Singh, which revealed it had been used to call Siddique during the time the cash was stolen. The phone analysis also revealed Rafaqat Hussain, 41, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, had been in regular contact with Singh on the day of the theft. Flying Squad detectives established Hussain had called a recovery driver at 9.24am on the day of the theft and the white Ford transit van had been taken to a nearby recycling centre where it was scrapped.
Hussain s wife Razvana Zeib was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering after investigations revealed 900,000 had been transferred to a Pakistani bank account opened in her name.
Cash was allegedly swapped between vans in West View, Feltham (Image: Google)
Zeib, Hussain and another defendant, Gary Carrod, had organised for a house they wanted to buy with their share of the proceeds to be ransacked and burgled in an attempt to bring down the price. Siddique of Belgrave Road, Slough and Singh, of Grampian Way, Slough were both found guilty of conspiracy to steal. Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11.
Hussain’s wife Razvana Zeib, 35, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on the same day.
Rafaqat Hussain of Chadwick Road, Slough pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Kingston Crown Court on Monday September 11. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford, of the Met s Flying Squad, said: Although this was an organised theft involving months of planning, it would not have been possible without the calculating and devious actions of Singh and Siddique who abused their positions to subvert the secure processes put in place to prevent this type of offence.
The pair attempted to present themselves as victims of a robbery even going so far as arranging for Siddique to be tied up and left by a motorway to be found by innocent members of the public.
However, a swift and thorough investigation by the Flying Squad uncovered their lies, led to their accomplices being identified and ensured their successful conviction at court.
Razvana Zeib, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Both men are now likely to receive substantial custodial sentences reflecting their calculated abuse of their employer’s trust and the value of the monies stolen. The money from Credit Suisse bank was bound for the Bank of Ireland.
Helen Shaw from the CPS added: “Ranjeev Singh, Mohammad Siddique and Rafaqat Hussain staged this theft to steal 7m which has still not been recovered, crafting a plan to make it appear that they were victims.
Gary Carrod, 34 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle (Image: Metropolitan Police)
Their elaborate plot quickly unravelled when inconsistencies in their story became apparent.
The prosecution used interrogation of mobile phone records and CCTV evidence to highlight the lies they told police, leading to today’s convictions.”
They will all be sentenced Wednesday October 18.
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A source reportedly said: Olivia was absolutely furious about something and stormed off to the toilets.
Chris ran to follow her to try and calm her down but nothing was working.”
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There was a bit of a tussle on the balcony between Olivia and another of their group before door staff stepped in to hold her back and she then was told to leave. However, a spokeswoman for Olivia insisted the star “left on her own accord”.
The latest drama comes after Chris said he wanted to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend. But not only does Chris want to wed Olivia – he wants to start having real children too after the pair ‘raised’ a doll together on the hit ITV2 reality show.
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Despite both being relatively young, Chris says he cannot wait to swap vows with his lover.
“That s how messed up we are . We can t really get out heads around it .
I don t think either of us expected to find love on the show, but we did, he said. Chris hails from Essex while Olivia is from Surrey – but the reality hunk says they are making things work despite the distance.
We assume the night didn’t go down like this (Image: Flynet Pictures)
“I ve been sleeping over at hers all the time but we will get a bigger place at some point . We ll need one for the kids, he said.
Chris and Olivia have seen their romance tested since Love Island ended in July.
Mirror Celebs has contacted a representative for Olivia for comment.