Suspected drug addict's begging backfires

2015-05-21 10:18

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Pretoria - A suspected heroin addict, posing as a destitute motorist stuck without petrol, had his cover blown and was arrested on Wednesday when police discovered more than just a collection of begging placards in his car.

Police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said two police officers from the Brooklyn police station spotted a man begging for fuel next to the road in Jan Shoba Street in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

They stopped to investigate following the many complaints of beggars that con people with their heartbreaking stories.

One of the police officers switched on the man’s vehicle and discovered that the vehicle was not without fuel, as the man had claimed.

Unexpected turn

Then things took another unexpected turn when the officers searched the inside of the vehicle, only to find several posters used for begging as well as heroin, a burned spoon and a syringe. 

The 30-year-old man from Onderstepoort was immediately arrested for the possession of drugs and he will appear in the Hatfield Community Court.

The police urged the community to be careful with beggars. 

"Many of the so-called beggars are not always using the donations for honest purposes.  People are advised to rather donate money to registered organisations that help those in need," Weilbach said.

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