Arrest: speedy police net robbery suspect

2012-11-12 00:00

POLICE quickly caught a suspect who they think has been robbing schoolchildren of their belongings.

A 16-year-old boy told the police a man grabbed his cellphone and bracelet in Mitchell Drive, Port Shepstone, on Thursday at about 3 pm, before disappearing into the bushes.

The man was arrested the same day.

Police believe the man is linked to two other robberies involving pupils in the last month.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the police officers and police dog Caesar searched the area where the 16-year-old had been robbed.

“Constable Mark Banjo, Sergeant Rommel da Rosa with patrol dog Caesar followed the spoor ... they spotted the man, fitting the description given to them by the pupil, in the bushes...”

The man was arrested and the stolen items were recovered, said Wiid.

The suspect will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court today on a common robbery charge.

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