Woman arrested for opening false robbery case, Port Elizabeth

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Woman arrested for opening false robbery case, Port Elizabeth
Woman arrested for opening false robbery case, Port Elizabeth

The opening of false cases is an offence and is punishable by law and will therefore not be tolerated by the South African Police Service. A 21 year old Port Elizabeth woman is spending the weekend behind bars after she lied about being robbed at her house in Connaught Avenue in Kensington on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

The woman reported to police that at about 09:00 on Wednesday morning, she was followed home by two men. As she got to her front door, the men approached her and told her that they were municipal plumbers and were there to inspect the plumbing. The woman further alleged that when she told them to come back when her parents were there, they threatened her with a knife and took her inside.

A playstation was stolen. The woman later came to Mount Road police station to report the incident.

After probing by the Mount Road Cluster Trio Task Team, the woman further alleged that the suspects took her in their vehicle to Cash Crusaders in Greenacres to sell it and give them the money.

CCTV footage at Cash Crusaders and other places in the mall revealed that the woman’s version and that which is on camera is contradictory.

The woman was arrested on Saturday, 16 March 2019 and will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 18 March 2019 on charges of contravening Section 9 of the Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths Act 16 of 1963 and theft.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile sends out a stern warning to the communities that ‘we will not hesitate to arrest and detain those who open false cases. The cases opened are very serious allegations and require intensive investigation which entail many long hours, manpower and resources. These resources could have been fruitfully utilised in more urgent matters of policing.’

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