Woman’s ‘foul mouth’ too much for burglar

2016-04-28 06:00

A burglar (21) met his match this weekend in a Thornhill farmhouse when a petite elderly woman shouted at him in no uncertain terms to get lost.

Solanzi Soka ran out of the house to escape her wrath, only to be arrested some hours later by members of the Thornhill Police. This is thanks to the wonderful teamwork between the police, the Community Policing Forum and community members.

Maggie Rousseau (79) was working in her house at around 13:30 on Sunday afternoon, when her trusted German Shepherd came and told her that something was wrong.

“She was anxious and kept on whining,” says Rousseau.

She went to investigate and patrolled both her fence lines, but could find nothing out of place. Thinking it might be a goat or buck, she went back to her house.

“As I opened the back door leading into the kitchen, I saw a man standing in the garage door on the opposite side of the kitchen,” says Rousseau.

“I shouted at him: What are you doing in my house?”

The suspect ran to the study and grabbed Rousseau’s laptop that was on her desk.

Rousseau followed him to the study, and as he was holding her laptop he asked her to give her the money.

“That was when I lost it. I saw red and, using expletive language, told him to get lost while moving in his direction. I was so angry. Thank goodness I did not have anything in my hand, as I would have hit him with it.”

Clearly intimidated by this small, but feisty, lady, he decided to cut his losses and make a run for it.

“He pushed me out of the doorway and ran through the garage and into the kitchen with my dog and I in hot pursuit,” says Rousseau. “He threw a chair at me, but luckily I managed to dodge it.

“He continued running to the bottom of the garden, and, to my horror, put my laptop under his arm and escaped through a hole in the fence which he must have made earlier.”

Rousseau immediately posted information with regard to the incident and a description of the suspect on the Farmers Forum and Thornhill Social Forum Whatsapp groups.

“Within ten minutes the police and a member of the K9-unit were at my house,” says Rousseau. “The whole community rallied together to help find the suspect.”

According to Rousseau, the suspect was seen walking on the N2, but he disappeared into the nearby informal settlement when he realised he was being followed.

He was apprehended not long afterwards when he attempted to sell the stolen laptop for R500.

“I had my laptop back in my hands in less than three hours, I could not believe it,” says Rousseau.

“It is absolutely amazing and I want to thank everyone who assisted - especially Sergeant Orné Landman, Constables Francois Nel, Jasmine Dolf and Harlem Louw, Reservist Constable Wayne van der Riet and Sergeant Logan Diedericks from the K9-unit.”

According to police spokesperson Lieute-nant Gerda Swart, the suspect appeared in the Hankey Magistrates Court on Tuesday on a charge of theft.

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