Restaurant manager arrested for fake robbery report

2015-10-15 21:02
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Cape Town - A restaurant manager appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for perjury after he laid a fake charge about a robbery at his Observatory workplace.

The 32-year-old suspect was arrested following an "intense investigation" into a business robbery he had reported on Tuesday, police spokesperson captain FC Van Wyk said.

The man claimed he had opened the restaurant around 06:00 and was confronted by two men and a woman, who threatened him with a knife. They apparently demanded he hand over cash and valuables.

"The complainant also reported the suspects took approximately R4 500 out of the cash register, airtime and expensive alcohol before fleeing the scene on foot in an unknown direction," Van Wyk said.

"After an intense probe... detectives obtained surveillance footage which revealed the complainant was lying and the reported business robbery incident never took place."

Investigations revealed the man entered the premises about 03:00; spent 15 to 20 minutes inside the business and locked up, Van Wyk said.

"When interrogated... the complainant admitted he falsely opened a case to claim money from the insurance. The preliminary investigation also revealed the complainant... staged the crime scene."

Police warned against opening fake cases "because you will be prosecuted".

"All reported incidents will be investigated thoroughly to verify the allegations made during the reporting of the crime," Van Wyk said.

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