Thin mugger evades fat cops
Virginia Keppler, Beeld
Pretoria - A fit and slender mugger managed to evade metro police on Tuesday by escaping in an underground storm water drain next to the Walkerspruit in Sunnyside, Pretoria.
The thief had stolen a 59-year-old man's money in Spuy Street before disappearing down the water pipe.
The police and metro police were soon on the scene, but by that time the thief must have crawled far into the pipe in his escape.
Members of the metro police and their dogs tried to follow the thief into the water pipe, but were soon forced to turn back because the pipe became too narrow for their "fuller figures", as one official described it at the scene.
According to residents of the area, the mugger must have crawled about 1km in order to escape.
The victim was very upset that his attacker had fled with the money, but didn't want to comment.
A policeman at the scene said the pipe was too small for the metro police.
"You can see for yourself that they're big," he said.
Fikile Mbalula, deputy minister of police, said on Monday there is no longer a place in the police force for lazy and/or fat police officials. He said overweight officials will have to "shape up or ship out".
Police spokesperson Duane Lightfoot said his colleagues at the Synnyside police station know nothing about the incident, although a Beeld reporter had been at the crime scene.