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Bethelsdorp taxi driver prowls the streets until he finds suspect, who robbed kids in his taxi

Jan 30, 2018
Bethelsdorp taxi driver prowls the streets until he finds suspect, who robbed kids in his taxi

Fostering good relationships between police and communities is proving successful after a 24-year-old armed robbery suspect was apprehended by a Bethelsdorp taxi driver and handed over to police.

"It is alleged that on Monday, two students were robbed in a taxi while en-route from the college. Their cell phones were taken at gunpoint by two suspects," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu. 

"The taxi driver offered his assistance and later in the evening picked up the two victims and drove around the area looking for the suspects.

"After a while, the taxi driver dropped them off as suspects could not be found."

She said that about an hour later, the taxi driver returned to the victims a with one suspect, a toy gun and a cell phone.

"Police was summoned and the victims recognised the suspect and the cell phone.

"The other suspect and cell phone is still missing," added Col Naidu.

"The suspect is detained on a charge of armed robbery and will appear in court soon."

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile thanked the community for their involvement in policing.

"You are the eyes and ears of the police and we urge the communities not to turn a blind eye to criminals and criminal activities plaguing the communities. Together we can ensure that these criminals are arrested and remain behind bars," added Maj Gen Patekile.