CPF leader tackles criminals during theft

2018-07-17 06:01
Woodstock Community Policing Forum acting chairperson Youssef Kanouni.

Woodstock Community Policing Forum acting chairperson Youssef Kanouni.

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Two men who went on a theft spree, targeting parked vehicles with a remote jamming device, ended up behind bars thanks to the heroics of a local community policing forum (CPF) leader.

Youssef Kanouni, the acting chairperson of the Woodstock CPF, says his martial arts skills came in handy in apprehending one of the suspects.

“I do a little martial arts (training) and I tackled (one of the suspects) to the ground. Police were there in a flash to provide back-up and we arrested them,” says Kanouni­.

The incident took place in Main Road at about 15:00 on Wednesday 11 July.

“I got a tip-off from the Sector 2 chairperson. He came to me and told me about these guys; they were busy opening a car. I didn’t want to respond too early, I wanted to catch them in the act,” he says.

He first called the local police station for backup. Kanouni says the owner of the targeted vehicle had gone into a food shop and had no idea what was going on. As the men opened the vehicle, grabbed an item and started walking away, he followed them.

A police van had arrived and Kanouni flagged the vehicle down and the pursuit of the suspects was underway.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Hilton Malila, confirmed the incident­.

Malila says it took place in the Balmoral vicinity, an area where remote jamming of parked vehicles is prevalent.

He says after the swift response of the police and the diligence of Kanouni, the suspects were caught and a remote jamming device, a piece of spark plug, expensive perfume and car keys were seized from them.

“The suspects were taken back to where they were first spotted and it became evident that they had opened and searched through one of the parked motor vehicles next to Balmoral. When we traced the owner of the car, he immediately identified the perfume as his property that was inside the vehicle,” Malila says.

The two suspects, aged 22 and 20, were detained at the Woodstock Police Station on charges of theft out of a vehicle, possession of stolen property and car-breaking implements­.

Once charged they will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.

Woodstock police station commander, Colonel Dumezweni Ntsezo, has applauded the members for their vigilance and positive attitude towards creating safer environments within the streets of Woodstock.

“We also salute the acting CPF chairperson for his vibrant action and leadership in the community to ensure that property of the residents and visitors is untouched in our streets,” says Colonel Ntsezo.

Apparently a number of community members and pedestrians commented positively towards the officers when they executed the arrest­.

“It’s all about the safety of our people in Woodstock. We want a safer Woodstock for all who live in it. We need to work together,” says Kanouni.

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