Thief pulls a fast one, but in vain

2010-04-29 00:00

A QUICK-THINKING thief stunned the employee of an optometrist in Pietermaritzburg when he used her remote control to lock her and her husband inside the business, after he had snatched her handbag yesterday morning.

The thief allegedly entered the reception area and proceeded into the victim’s office unnoticed. He opened a cupboard in a corner of her office, removed the handbag and ran out.

The robbery happened at a pharmacy in Boshoff Street at about 10 am.

The man apparently closed the security gate to prevent the victim’s husband, who is the owner of the business, from chasing after him.

“While he was running fast, he quickly opened my handbag and took out a remote control, which I always carry in my handbag.

“He used it to lock the gate, which left my husband, who had started chasing after him, stuck inside,” said the woman.

She asked that her name and the business’ name be withheld for security reasons.

The woman was concerned that the man knew where her bag was hidden and that the remote control was inside the bag.

“It was like he knew everything,” she said.

She said she only noticed the man as he was running out with her bag and the remote control in his hand.

But quick as he was, the robber could not beat two provincial traffic officers, Johannes Haggard and Piet Nel, who caught him at the corner of Boshoff and Langaliba­lele streets.

“They took him straight to Loop Street police station.

“I got all my things back when I went to the police station to make a statement,” the woman said.

A spokesperson for the Msunduzi traffic department, Colin Govender, said the man has previously been arrested for robbery, bag snatching and house breaking.

“But he was acquitted on all charges,” said Govender.

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