Girls help nab robbers

2010-12-21 00:00

THREE teenage girls helped police to apprehend two suspects who had allegedly stolen a bakkie and household items from a house in Oslo Beach outside Port Shepstone on Sunday.

The suspects were arrested after one of the girls, aged 17 and 18 years old, phoned her father as they feared that they were being kidnapped. This was when the Corsa vehicle, which had given them a lift in Ramsgate, did not stop where they were supposed to be dropped off.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the owner of the bakkie had reported it stolen. She said he left his house at 7 am only to return at about 6 pm to find that his house had been broken into. He found that his safe, cash, firearm and laptops were also missing.

The girls were given the lift in the stolen vehicle at about 10 pm.

“However, when the driver did not stop where she asked him to drop them, she started panicking and that is when she phoned the father …” said Wiid.

She said two police officers from the Dog Unit in Port Shepstone, Sergeant Zane Moodley and Constable Clifford Mdlozini, noticed the vehicle on a dirt road in the Nzimakwe area of Port Edward and tried to stop it.

However, the the driver of the stolen vehicle accelerated in an attempt to get away. This is when a dramatic car chase began before police managed to stop the car. The suspects jumped out and tried to flee.

The officers fired warning shots before they released two police dogs, Baxter and JoJo, who managed to catch the suspects.

“Currently detectives are questioning the suspects regarding the stolen items and the stolen Corsa bakkie will be handed to the complainant,” said Wiid.

She warned people, especially teenage girls, not to take lifts offered by strangers.

“These girls refused to open a case of kidnapping,” Wiid said.

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