A man perceived to be a regular cell phone thief was brutally beaten by members of the public at a business complex on the corner of Burger and Grobler streets this morning (today) for allegedly stealing cell phones from employees in the area.
According to one of the employees the man has been stealing phones for quite a time and mainly targets female employees. “We are glad that he was finally caught in the act. We are tired of him. He comes into our office smartly dressed and pretends as if he wants to inquire about something. Then, while we’re busy trying to help he takes our phones and runs away,” the victim said.
Another victim said he was glad that members of the public had caught him in the act. “I hope the police arrest him because he has been bothering us for years and we did not know how to deal with the situation,” he said.
The alleged thief was taken from the scene by officers of a security company after the Police failed to arrive at the scene after being called several times.
A bystander said he had called 10111 six times from 09:30 to 09:56 to request police intervention and that the call was only answered at the sixth attempt. “The official answering confirmed that a vehicle will be sent out promptly, but when officers of a private security company took the culprit from the scene at around 10:15, the Police hasn’t arrived yet,” the source who elected to remain anonymous, said.
Polokwane Observer followed the security officers to a business in Market Street where the owner was confronted by the security officers who were reportedly informed by the thug that he was the vendor of stolen phones. The police then arrived at the scene and the thug was removed.
At time of posting, Police Spokesperson Lesiba Ramoshaba was not yet aware of the incident.
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