‘Off duty’ SAPS couple arrest theft suspects in bank, Newton Park

South African Police Service

‘Off duty’ SAPS couple arrest theft suspects in bank, Newton Park
'Off duty' SAPS couple arrest theft suspects in bank, Newton Park. Photo: SAPS

A police officer is never off duty. So, wherever a police officer might be, he is morally duty bound to take action in order to protect life and property.

Two police officers (husband and wife) arrested two suspects inside a banking institution on the afternoon of 2 February 2018, in Newton Park.

It is alleged that on Friday, 02 February 2018 Warrant Officer Fafa and Lucille Terblanche of the Mount Road COCC were in the bank when they noticed a suspicious looking man walking into the manager’s office. The officers put their personal business aside and kept observation on the man. As he exited the office, the officers confronted him.

Just then the manager ran out shouting that his cell phone is missing. Upon searching the man, the duo found the cell phone in his possession. The suspect and his accomplice , aged 39 and 40 years old was arrested and detained on charges of theft, bribery and assault on police.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Major General Tembisile Patekile commended the members for a job well done and for ‘their efforts and endeavors in arresting these criminals who were so brazen to walk into a busy institution unnoticed.

Their instincts and actions is an example of professionalism in the SAPS.’

Institutions and businesses are advised to monitor people that are idling about without seeking assistance. Valuables must never be left on the table or in plain sight . If possible, always lock the door when exiting the office. Criminals are very quick in stealing and had it not been for the officers sharp instincts, the suspects would have slipped away, unnoticed.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service