In a harebrained scheme to sell the cellphone he stole, an amateur thief unknowingly led the police to his swift arrest and the retrieval of the stolen phone.
The Daily Voice reports that Friday night a 36-year-old woman had been walking between Okavango and Hexrivier roads, Kraaifontein, when she has mugged at knifepoint.
Gordon Landry from Landry Securitas spoke to the publication and explained: “On Monday at 11:00, the victim phoned her number and the thief answered her phone and wanted to re-sell her phone back.”
The thief was willing to hand over the phone for R500. The feisty woman negotiated with the thief and managed to bring him down to R300. After arranging to meet behind bushes near Buhrein Estate in Kraaifontein to do the exchange, the woman contacted Landry Securitas as a safety measure. Together with CPU [Crime Prevention Unit] and the police, Landry Security devised a plan to entrap the thief.
Landry further explained that, instead of the thief, a female approached the woman at the meeting point. The cellphone and sim card in was in her possession.
The thief was hiding a few metres back in the bush and was apprehended by Kraaifontein cops.
The victim positively identified him as the person who had robbed her on Friday. Landry said that Sergeant Cindy Arendse and her partner did sterling work to ensure a quick arrest.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirms, “A 33-year-old man was arrested and he is facing charges of robbery aggravated and assault after he robbed a 36-year-old woman of a cellular phone on Friday.”
The suspect was due to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court (today).