Police nab four over robbery

2019-02-05 06:20

Muizenberg police officers were alerted to a robbery which had just occurred on the catwalk on Friday 25 January.

The complainant and a friend were jogging on the catwalk when one of them was approached by an unknown man and woman asking them random questions.

Muizenberg police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Knapp, said the complainant continued jogging and a short while thereafter, two men approached him and threatened him with a knife and demanded his cellphone.

“The suspects made off with the cellphone and the complainant proceeded to report the incident to police.

“Constable Darren Stuart immediately followed up on the information and description provided by the complainant and after a short intensive pursuit, they arrested all four suspects, who were found in possession of the stolen cellphone and the knife used in the robbery,” he said.

Knapp said the suspects, aged 19, 26, 29 and 36, residents of Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Military Heights, were detained at Muizenberg Police Station on charges of robbery. They appeared in the Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday 28 January.

“The cellphone was returned to the owner who was extremely pleased with the response and service provided by the officers.

“Lieutenant-Colonel Maggie Rossouw, acting station commander of Muizenberg police, was extremely pleased with the arrest and speedy action of her members. She further appealed to all members of the public to be alert and report crime to their local police as soon as it happens,” said Knapp.Hints and guidelines to prevent robberies:

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

.When walking, do not talk on your cellphone; 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/secluded areas

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

.Trust your instinct and avoid talking to strangers


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