Cape Town - Former metro police spokesman Nowellen Petersen has been arrested and charged with stealing a sound system from the City of Cape Town.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said Petersen had been arrested on Friday.

He signed had out the sound equipment, worth R33 000, before he resigned from his job in January. He had not returned it and metro police laid a charge of theft.

A follow-up investigation led police to a shop in Wynberg, where the sound system had apparently been sold for about R3 000, said JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security.

“In performing his duties related to metro police’s communications component, Petersen regularly had to sign out that equipment,” Smith said.

“I am very disappointed in him. He is an official who was in the public eye and needs to set a better example.

“What is also baffling is the fact that he was allowed to leave his position without having returned the equipment,” he said.

Petersen appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. It is believed he was released on bail but this could not be independently confirmed.

Calls to his cellphone on Thursday morning went unanswered.

Petersen’s former position as metro police spokesman is still vacant and will take three to six months to fill.

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Cape Argus