Former Miss SA Cindy Nell chases down thief, hits him on the head

By Jana Smit
01 October 2016

“Sometimes instinct takes over."

Former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell was having her nails done in Sea Point, Cape Town, when she noticed a man approach her car, bend down beside it and open the passenger door.

A photo posted by Cindy Nell (@cindy_nell) on

The next moment he took her laptop from behind her seat and casually walked off with it.

“I’d forgotten I can run fast. With curlers in my hair and half a pedi(cure) I ran after him for half a block, grabbed my laptop bag from his shoulder and even managed to hit him over the head,” Cindy wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

Cindy’s car was parked across the road from the salon with the window in her direct line of vision. First she saw an old, very large woman walk past her car and discreetly look inside.

“I thought that was strange,” Cindy wrote.

About 10 minutes later a well-dressed man of medium build approached her car with a remote for a gate. Cindy saw him bend down beside her car as if to pick up something, but he opened the passenger door, took the laptop bag from behind her seat and walked off with it.

That’s when Cindy went after him.

After recovering her laptop and hitting him on the head she retreated. Two men ran after him but he got away.

Cindy shares on Facebook the lessons she learnt from her experience:

  • Don’t leave your laptop in your car. We know this but sometimes forget.
  • Crime is everywhere and no one is exempt.
  • The remote control or locking system rumour is true.

“I have my laptop back and it looks as if my running bore fruit,” Cindy wrote, with two emojis laughing uproariously.

“Good old Afrikaans [girl]. They make us strong,” she added.

But she doesn’t recommend chasing criminals or confronting them. “Sometimes instinct takes over. Fortunately it went well.”

She thanked the brave men who tried to help and Sea Point Security.

“We have lots of witnesses, fingerprints and camera material so we might get them locked up,” she wrote.

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