It isn't every day that you see a thief wearing a skimpy bright-yellow mini dress, doing a leopard crawl towards the loot. And yet, here we are.
Just after 06:00 on Thursday morning, our control room received a tip-off about a trolley with suspicious cargo being pushed towards the taxi rank. The trolley contents were believed to be stolen goods and, what's more, the suspect pushing the trolley was overheard trying to sell a plasma television and laptop.
Our Hi-Tec armed response team leader quickly relayed this info via radio to the other active response units, who wasted no time searching for and locating the suspect.
The trolley was found deserted in the CBD and contained a plasma television and decoder with remote. There appeared to be no one around, so our response officers made the decision to book the recovered, suspected-stolen goods in at the police station, as is protocol.
The officers had just returned to their vehicles when the suspect - hard to miss in a bright-yellow mini dress - suddenly appeared and could be seen leopard crawling towards the trolley, thinking that it was still loaded with the haul.
Our senior response officer stealthily caught and arrested the perpetrator, who vehemently denied everything, claiming to have no knowledge of any laptop or plasma television. But, then, that's what they all say! The suspect was taken to the police station for booking, along with the stolen property, where a case of possession was opened.
This proved once again that criminals, just like books, should never be judged by their covers!
We applaud Senior Officer Makana and his response unit for their commendable teamwork!
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