A man’s quick-thinking and speedy reaction after he spotted a suspect, who had allegedly robbed him of his belongings including bank cards five months ago, resulted in an effective arrest.
The 37-year-old suspect will appear in court soon.
Provincial police spokeswoman, Col Thembeka Mbhele said that on January 2, the victim was in the CBD area when he saw the suspect who also withdrew money from the ATM after allegedly stealing his bank cards.
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“The victim immediately contacted the police and they swiftly intercepted the suspect,” she said.
An investigation was conducted, which led the police to the suspect’s vehicle.
It was a hired vehicle and it had different bank cards and a chunk of fake cash notes. Police immediately arrested the suspect and he was linked to other robbery and fraud cases.
“The suspect’s modus operandi is that they throw these notes in front of their ‘prey’ and say that they must go to a secluded area where no one would see them to split the money since they found it simultaneously,” she explained.
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Col Mbhele added, “The victim will be taken to the bushes where another suspect would emerge or get into the vehicle with other suspects where the victim will be robbed of the valuables,” she added.
Police are still searching for his accomplices and are conducting an investigation to determine if the suspect can be further linked to other cases in the province.
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