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Teens held after lying about robbery

2012-09-21 18:00

Johannesburg - Two students were arrested in Cape Town for perjury after they reported a lost cellphone as stolen in an armed robbery, police said on Friday.

Captain FC van Wyk said one of the teenagers opened the case at Table View police station on Monday, in order to claim insurance money.

"She alleged that she was robbed at gunpoint by two unidentified males [last] Friday at 22:30 on Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town."

The woman said she was walking with a friend at the time.

After police questioned the two students, aged 18 and 19, they admitted they had made up the robbery.

"She lost her cellphone at Club Platinum, Short Market Street, Cape Town on Monday... and... wanted her mother to claim another cellphone from their insurance policy," Van Wyk said.

The pair were expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Comments
  • barry.mcbride - 2012-09-21 18:15

    LOL, silly girls but the fact that such makes news24?

      zozo.mahlangu - 2012-09-21 19:54

      Police r dumbed they r cnt invistigate serious crime. We nid more in ths country.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-21 18:39

    So young and already lying and planning to commit fraud.

  • Zahir - 2012-09-21 18:58

    The cops have time to arrest teenagers but serious criminals are running riot here wtf

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-21 19:13

      The cops were doing their job - investigating a reported armed robbery. It's excellent police work that they found out the report was a lie. It's criminal that two teenagers could waste valuable police time. Time they could have used to investigate real crimes

      TSR01 - 2012-09-21 19:40

      As lacrimosewolf said, "She alleged that she was robbed at gunpoint by two unidentified males [last] Friday at 22:30 on Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town." - being robbed at gunpoint means there are armed criminals robbing citizens on the street.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-21 20:25

      Every Crime is a crime. That has been committed by a criminal and mut be arrested. Well done SAPS ask the magistrate to give them community service in Da Nuun

  • cherri.pye.5 - 2012-09-22 21:22

    What a silly girl. Even if it had been lost at the club, her mother could still have claimed from the insurance company for the lost phone if it had been insured.

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