Crime-fighting dummy confuses cops

2012-02-22 10:43

Pretoria - A family's crime-fighting dummy had Pretoria police confused this week, Beeld newspaper reported.

A minibus taxi driver saw a friend of the family dragging the khaki-clad dummy, affectionately known as "Oom Koos", across a veld and thought it was a lifeless body.

About 15 minutes later, a large group of people arrived from a nearby informal settlement, demanding to know the whereabouts of "the man who had been beaten to death", Andre Wiltz told the newspaper.

The taxi driver then arrived accompanied by the police, who began searching the Wiltz's property in Andeon for traces of blood or a corpse.

The police's tactical reaction and K9 units, and officers from two police stations spent four hours searching in vain.

"Oom Koos looks genuine, especially in the dark," said Wiltz.

He told the newspaper the family had made the dummy to guard the property after a spate of burglaries.

They usually placed it in their garden, or in a car in the driveway, but from now on it would be restricted to the front stoep.

"I won't be putting him in the yard, because it turned into one hell of a thing," said Wiltz.

  • Josh - 2012-02-22 10:53

    And the dummy is still more effective than our police force...

      Grant - 2012-02-22 11:47

      Headline should've read "Crime fighting dummy confuses Dummies"

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 12:29

      A dummy vs the police force, and guess what? The dummy won!!

  • Julie - 2012-02-22 10:57

    The owner of the dummy really took a chance as the police could have shot him!

      Shawn - 2012-02-22 11:07

      Shot him? why?

      Josh - 2012-02-22 11:22

      Dunno if the Dummy would mind being shot...

      Grant - 2012-02-22 11:48

      Yeah...or they could've blown him up with a bazooka or something! Gosh...

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-22 12:19

      Shawn, you been reading much news lately? Cops shoot at anything for any reason lately

  • Piet - 2012-02-22 11:06

    I will not call Koos the dummy in this story!

  • TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-22 11:30

    Phew an news article that actually had a good ending.

  • George - 2012-02-22 11:38

    Who are the real dummies in this story. Did'nt know the police would look after your yard.

  • leanne.dougall - 2012-02-22 11:40

    LOL... brilliant.. takes a dummy to fool the world...

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 11:40

    I think they need to find a new strategy for security at their house... everyone knows now that Koos is just a dummy. I suggest they use snakes... Big signs on walls etc., to say this property is protected by snakes...

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 12:52

      I heard that tying a snakeskin to your front gate is a wonderful deterrent. Does anyone know where I can get one?

      Deirdre - 2012-02-22 14:02

      @Sharon try any pet store ...

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 14:40

      My bad, thought they only sold the live sort, and I don't want a yucky snake!

      John - 2012-02-22 18:31

      @ Sharon ... Builders warehouse sells Gates....

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 19:33

      @ John - can't go there, I might get shot!! Nice catch, though, you know I meant a snakeskin!

  • Bird - 2012-02-22 11:55

    Trolling like a BOSS!

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-02-22 11:56

    What ever happened to "it takes one to know one"?

  • Thelma - 2012-02-22 11:56

    Does not take much to confuse the cops!!!

      Alex - 2012-02-22 16:23

      creative approach to keeping criminals at bay!

  • pniemand - 2012-02-22 12:00

    the dummy could replace the police

  • nadine.hayward13 - 2012-02-22 12:00

    It only takes a dummy to confuse the SA police... What a bunch of brainless c**ts we have for police...

      dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-22 13:02

      @nadine.hayward13. How dare you!!! The cops only responded to a call from a concerned member of the public and they took every action necessary to determine the facts here. If there is a brainless c**t out there it's you.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-22 12:02

    Hey Koos - did you see your are not the only dummy around here!

  • Brian - 2012-02-22 12:11

    Surprised to see the cops actually pitched up

      elemental777 - 2012-02-22 16:42

      And how quickly Brian thats what got my attention

  • Barry - 2012-02-22 12:12

    Had Vusi been dragging the dummy no one would have noticed.

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-22 12:20

      hahahaha...racist blacks! (i love the way ANYTHING can be turned around lol)

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-22 12:18

    stupid masses confusing stupid cops... now the man’s criminal deterrence device is spoilt

  • Wesley - 2012-02-22 12:24

    It is not hard to confuse the cops!!! just remove the SAPS sticker from the car doors and then they wont know where to get in

  • Garysyd705 - 2012-02-22 12:36

    Thy could make Koos THE Dummy the new head of the SAPS! At Lest he wont be corupt And the dummy is still more effective than our police force..!

  • luytster - 2012-02-22 13:04

    Whahaha Koos made them look like real D#*ses. But at least they investigated.

  • flysouth - 2012-02-22 13:07

    Who's the dummy now, SAPS?

  • Adrian - 2012-02-22 13:12

    We need more Uncle Koos's. Where can we buy these true crimefighters?

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-02-22 13:12

    You lot amaze me. When the cops do something right, you critisize them and call them dummies. When they do something wrong, you critisize them and call them all sorts of names. Where is the consistency here?

  • Identiity - 2012-02-22 13:43

    Oom Koos will have to retire from his family home now that his true identity has been revealed. To the family try building a pool around your house

  • Stefanus - 2012-02-22 13:43

    dont confuse the dummies with a dummy, EISH!

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-02-22 14:29

    I'll ask one question, who was really the dummy on the day?

  • Holden - 2012-02-22 14:29

    Crime-fighting dummy? That was our nickname for Bheki Cele.

  • wmutahi - 2012-02-22 15:19

    Secret's out.

  • Khanyi - 2012-02-22 19:17

    The media has now blown it,letting thieves in on the secret!

  • Gaynor - 2012-02-22 22:32

    Okay but now everyone knows he's a dummy, like Marion said. Something new guys. Like the concept though. Instead ofa scarecrow, a scarecrim!

  • Garrick Featherstonehaugh - 2012-02-23 10:03

    Another plus for our ever clever cops. Luckily they didn't handcuff oom koos and then shoot him in the back, then again it wasn't ekhuruleni cops.

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