Petty thieves lose the loot to plucky local

2010-01-29 00:00

A PLUCKY local businesswoman has twice chased after criminals and confronted them to retrieve her stolen belongings.

At midday on Wednesday, Sonja Leeb, who runs a beauty salon in Parklane Centre, was giving water to a thirsty woman when a thief sneaked into her premises and snatched her cellphone off the counter.

The slightly built Leeb keeps her security gate locked, but when she opened for the woman, who had asked for water, they both went to the kitchen area, leaving the gate open.

“I didn’t expect this to happen, because it just took a minute to fetch the water and give it to the lady. As I returned to the front area, I saw this young man on his way out and I followed him, as I could tell that he had just stolen something from me. I ran after him shouting for passers-by to stop him. A young man then also gave chase, resulting in the thief turning back and throwing my phone at me,” said Leeb.

Having retrieved her phone, she went back to work.

After a few minutes, police arrived with the thief and she identified him as the culprit.

She said the police must have been patrolling the area close by.

This incident follows a similar one late last year when two men gained access to Leeb’s business. They took off with her laptop.

She said she ran after the men and demanded the computer back. Luckily for her. The thieves threw it back at her and ran away.

“I just confront these thieves and I don’t know if it’s wise, because they might have been armed. People must just be on the look-out for these petty thieves, because they have all the time to wait and watch all your moves, and then they pounce on you,” said Leeb.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker confirmed the incident, stating that the 31-year-old suspect will appear in court shortly.

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