Fisherman robbed, 2 caught minutes later

2016-06-21 06:00

Two suspects were arrested shortly after robbing a fisherman at Bailey’s Cottage, Muizenberg, on Monday 13 June.

The victim, a resident of Vrygrond, was robbed of his two cellphones while he was fishing. The incident happened at about 14:15.

The victim then approached Muizenberg police in School Street and informed them of the crime. Warrant Officer Leon Verster responded to the incident.

Captain Stephen Knapp, spokesperson for Muizenberg police, says: “Two suspects, matching the description given, were noted in Melrose Road at about 14:20. Both suspects were subsequently searched by Warrant Officer Verster and were found to be in possession of the two cell phones that were stolen a short while earlier.”

The suspects, aged 22 and 28 years – both residents of Retreat – were arrested on charges of robbery and appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 15 June.

“The owner of the cellphones was ecstatic at the recovery of his property and expressed his sincere appreciation to Muizenberg police for their good work,” adds Knapp,

Colonel Ismail Daniels, station commander of Muizenberg police, is extremely pleased with the arrest and speedy action of his officers. He further appeals to all members of the public to be alert and report crime to their local police.

The following are a few hints and guidelines for the prevention of robberies:

. Never walk alone; always try to walk in a group,

. When walking, do not talk on your cell phone; do not display jewellery,

. Be observant and take note of your surroundings,

. Be wary of strangers,

. Attempt to walk in well lit places after dark and avoid open fields and secluded areas,

.When travelling on a train, be especially wary when the train is departing and arriving at a station and guard your valuables,

.Be especially vigilant during peak times,

.Keep emergency numbers handy and note descriptions of suspicious persons when alerting the police, and

.Trust your instinct and avoid talking to strangers.

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