Greed gets bet­ter of dumb thieves

Stake­out nets sus­pects

Sowetan - - News -

Thieves who tried to cap­i­talise on the back-to-school rush by rob­bing a Jo­han­nes­burg store sell­ing uni­forms and its cus­tomers have been ar­rested.

While their ini­tial plan to rob the store on Tues­day suc­ceeded‚ greed got the bet­ter of the group. Seek­ing to make ex­tra cash, one of the gang­sters phoned the hus­band of a woman whose purse they had stolen‚ ask­ing for “a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion” for “find­ing” it.

The savvy man promptly alerted po­lice‚ who set up a stake­out. Cap­tain Xoli Mbele ex­plained the rob­bery on Tues­day: “The [five] sus­pects en­tered the shop [on the cor­ner of Troy and Pres­i­dent streets] pre­tend­ing to be cus­tomers,” Mbele said.

“[One sus­pect] told the hus­band to come with some cash as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. They made an ap­point­ment to meet at a restau­rant in the CBD on Jan­uary 9 and po­lice were alerted.”

After he was caught, the sus­pect led the po­lice to an­other ac­com­plice. The two men are aged 33 and 34. –TimesLIVE

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