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Phone thief drowns during escape bid

2012-10-08 12:15

Johannesburg - A suspected cellphone thief drowned in Zoo Lake in Johannesburg at the weekend while trying to run away, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"He might have been a security guard working at Zoo Lake, but we don't know for certain," said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

"We also think he may have been drunk but cannot confirm at this stage."

The man threatened a woman near the car park of Zoo Lake on Saturday - the day of the Gay Pride Parade - and stole her cellphone.

She enlisted the help of a passerby and they found the man talking on her phone.

"When he saw them approaching, he panicked and dropped the phone and jumped into the lake and disappeared," Dlamini said.

The matter was then reported to the Parktown police and divers began a search. His body was recovered on Sunday.

The man, thought to be aged between 30 and 40 years old, has not yet been identified.

Comments
  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-08 12:21

    He had so much potential!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-08 12:32

      he was trying to get back into his cage!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-08 12:42

      What President of the youth league??

      msendi - 2012-10-08 12:43

      At least he didn't drown with the phone…

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-08 12:44

      What a complete moron!!!!

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-08 13:01

      took "go and jump in the lake" literally, poor soul could be a darwin candidate jumping in to water and you know you cant swim.

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-08 13:06

      @msendi, The Phone was not waterproof that's why he didn't took with him to the lake.

      rudie.vanpletzen - 2012-10-08 14:12

      Give that lake a bells

      nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-08 14:53

      I really hope the phone is ok

  • Barefoot - 2012-10-08 12:22

    the guy really needed to make a call. serves him right he could have asked nicely.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 13:10

      Is that where the term 'Jump in the lake' comes from?

      jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-08 13:11

      A non swimmer took a goof...

  • pvjohnson1 - 2012-10-08 12:25

    Trying to call "Down Under"?

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-10-08 14:03

      I wonder who he phoned...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-08 12:28

    We have no space left for criminals, maybe he should have learnt to swim before going in that lake... imagine the amount of duck poo he swallowed yuk!

      msendi - 2012-10-08 12:40

      Maybe he was trying to steal the fish…

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-08 12:29

    The news taste like drinking a good wine.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-10-08 12:34

    thanks dude.

  • mike.burrows.37 - 2012-10-08 12:34

    He thought the lake was as deep as the Gene Pool he came from

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-08 13:09

      But did not know it was as polluted as well.....

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-08 12:39

    bummer, he didnt drown in the crocodile enclosure

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-08 12:41

    Good. I wish all non swimming criminals would jump in the lake.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-08 12:41

    Ish , too much clever this one

  • thabzmadi - 2012-10-08 12:44

    he watched too many movies of baddies disappearing under the water lol!!!!

  • taggert - 2012-10-08 12:45

    Let's all put in a moat around our homes and workplaces !

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-10-08 12:46

    Aaahh... Karma is having a very busy day...LOL

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-10-08 14:18

      my thoghts exactly. karma is a biaatch! What goes around comes around, cant wait to see the payback for the cunch of bunts running this country into the ground!

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-08 12:46

    A thief that can't swim...ha ha ha ha it just made my day -thx!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-08 12:51

    Good for Zoo Lake, you know your job!

  • denzil.small - 2012-10-08 12:54

    Karma is a bitch!

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-08 12:57

    This is sad but I just stop laughing!!!! Thanks news24!!

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-08 12:57

    I can't stop laughing!!!!

  • Stanley - 2012-10-08 12:58

    *JUST FOR A CELLPHONE*

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-08 13:01

    It must have been a Nokia 3310....

  • ppisciotta - 2012-10-08 13:01

    Good.

  • jan.plank.35 - 2012-10-08 13:04

    Security guard ???? Drunk ????

  • herman.bester.58 - 2012-10-08 13:07

    Perhaps he was calling LifeLine

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-08 13:07

    Nou is daar n drol in die drinkwater

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-08 13:12

      Must have been instant .The zoo lake is badly polluted .

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-10-08 14:18

      BWA HA HA!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-08 13:32

    just like the ANC he thought he could walk on water...

      arvin.hooseria.9 - 2012-10-08 13:45

      the sangoma told him so.

  • mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-10-08 13:36

    darwin award goes to...........

  • juannepierre - 2012-10-08 13:43

    Bwhahahaha... Stealing is wrong, jumping into a mass of water when one can't swim is stupid.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-08 14:03

    I am laughing so loud the tears are streaming down my face at the comments!!! Thanks for a good laugh on this Monday guys!

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-10-08 14:04

    He was obviously immersed in deep thought, and swamped with ideas!

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-10-08 14:19

      laughing out loud! Thanks guys! So sharp witted you all are!

  • tracy.g.basson - 2012-10-08 14:20

    Justice !!!!!

  • tshepo.g.kutumela - 2012-10-08 14:30

    ...good riddens 2 trash.

  • miehleketo.ndlovu - 2012-10-08 14:32

    So classic

  • patrick.pitjeng - 2012-10-08 14:40

    The environment also helping to fight crime.

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-10-08 14:52

    I really hope the phone is ok.

  • lorraine.polson1 - 2012-10-08 15:43

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!

  • lou.sabo.1 - 2012-10-08 15:47

    Rockfish .. You can't make this crap up...

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-10-08 15:51

    Good another parasite out of the way.

  • fidelis.oviahon - 2012-10-08 17:44

    the best news i ever read in a while, the angels in heaven are going to have easy time convicting the fela.........lol

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-10-08 18:15

    Amongst all the doom & gloom, it is good to also find a "good news" article. Well done to the Zoo Lake!

  • Jacques - 2012-10-08 19:03

    I literally laughed out loud. Threw the phone down, jumped into the water and disappeared? Like \oops! *splash* gone!\

  • John - 2012-10-08 19:22

    Good riddance. One less thief to contend with!!!

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-10-08 19:37

    Funniest lot of comments I've read in ages :)

  • bezita.makalani - 2012-10-08 20:07

    Pitty he hd to die jus fo tht fon

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-08 21:40

    Awesomeness!

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-10-09 02:41

    A week's suspended sentence...I'd rather die.- Penguin

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-09 11:04

    A Nice Deathwish of a dumb robber

  • micky.l.parker - 2012-10-09 21:06

    Haha - look at it this way - one less idiot!

  • jacowium - 2013-01-11 10:30

    Does Zoo Lake have a fan page on facebook?

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