A suspect was arrested after robbing a teenager of her school bag which contained her cellphone yesterday afternoon. Our teams proceeded to recover the stolen phone from a tuck shop where it had been sold for R150.
At approximately 17h30 the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received reports of assistance needed on North Coast Road in the vicinity of Victor Road, where a suspect had been caught by members of the public for an earlier armed robbery.
When our Armed Response Officers and Special Operation Team members arrived on the scene, they found the suspect being assaulted by angry community members. Our members intervened and detained the suspect.
Upon investigation to establish what had transpired it was determined that the suspect had earlier robbed a teenage girl of her school bag that contained her cellphone on Bailey Road in the Avoca area. The victim had shared a description of the suspect with community members, and he was spotted carrying her school bag approximately an hour after the robbery had taken place. The enraged community members proceeded to assault the suspect.
Further information extracted from the suspect during questioning after our arrival, led our team to an informal settlement on Old North Coast Road where the suspect had already sold the cellphone that he had taken during the robbery. Our team managed to recover the stolen phone from a local tuck shop within the informal settlement, where it had been sold for R150.
Greenwood Park SAPS were dispatched and arrived on scene a short while later. The suspect has subsequently been arrested and charged with common robbery.