Thief takes advantage of church

2018-11-20 06:01

A Blue Security armed response officer arrested a suspect who attempted to steal a cellphone from a group of church goers in Chrestholme who had taken him in and offered him a meal last week.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the suspect had been seen begging and the church community took pity on him and decided to help him.

“The community provided him with a meal but, while he was on the property eating, he stole a cellphone and put it in his pocket. As the suspect walked out of the premises, the cellphone started to ring in his back pocket,” Mathios said.

“Our officer was then called to the scene where he searched the suspect and recovered the cellphone and a watch from his pocket.

“A community member identified the cellphone as his property and the suspect was placed under arrest,” Mathios said.

The suspect was handed over to Hillcrest SAPS who attended the scene of the crime. — Supplied.

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