Man caught stealing from train

2011-08-11 21:38

Johannesburg - A man was arrested on Thursday near Bronkhorstpruit after he and eight others allegedly stole goods with an estimated value of R200 000 from a broken down train, Gauteng police said.

Police received a tip-off at 02:00 about a group of men who were unloading goods from the train in Bapsfontein and raced to the scene, said Constable Sally Skhosana.

"They saw the police coming and ran away, leaving behind boxes loaded with laptops, DVD players and other valuables.

"The police gave chase and caught a 20-year-old man, who is believed to be from nearby Kanala informal settlement. His accomplices vanished into the bushes," she said.

The suspect was expected to face a charge of theft in the Bronkhorstpruit Magistrate's Court on Monday.

His accomplices were still at large.

  • Valkerie - 2011-08-11 22:14

    Well done to our police!!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-11 22:29

    good hope they catch the rest of them

  • Xolani - 2011-08-12 01:37

    Sorry boys next it's time for homelands cause in jozi only prison is left 4 you.

  • Dave50 - 2011-08-12 05:04

    This kind of oppertunistic shopping will only get worse as food prices rise and now tolls will only add to the problem. People who need to eat and feed their families will be forced to do things like this, what other chioce do they have. At least they are not like the oragised animals who murder and rape for a cell phone and kill for the fun of it.

      Worldwise - 2011-08-12 10:36

      So they were going to eat the Laptops and DVD players? Common theives Dave50, catch a wake up.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 08:34

    Good work SAPS!

  • farmworker - 2011-08-12 09:16

    Well done, police are usually quick to react in those situation and they probably helped themselves as well, I mean we know that they usually do when the recover stolen goods. I wish I was a police man I would be so rich now

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