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Avoca community catch thief an hour after he robbed a pupil of her school bag containing a cell phone

Avoca community catch thief who stole a school bag from a pupil. Picture: Marshall Security.

Avoca community catch thief who stole a school bag from a pupil. Picture: Marshall Security.

Published May 18, 2022

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Durban - A teenage school girl was robbed of her school bag containing her cell phone while walking home on Bailey Road in the Avoca area on Tuesday.

Marshall Security managing director Tyron Powell, said at approximately 5:30 pm the Emergency Dispatch Centre received reports of assistance needed on North Coast Road in the vicinity of Victor Road.

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Powell said a suspect had been caught by members of the public for an earlier armed robbery.

“When our Armed Response Officers and Special Operation Team members arrived on the scene, they found the suspect being assaulted by angry community members,” he said.

He said the armed response officers intervened and detained the suspect.

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Powell said upon investigation by members to establish what had transpired it was determined that the suspect had earlier robbed a teenage girl of her school bag that contained her cellphone.

“The victim had shared a description of the suspect with community members, and he was spotted carrying her school bag approximately an hour after the robbery had taken place,” he said.

The enraged community members proceeded to assault the suspect, he said.

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Powell said the armed response officers further questioned the suspect and discovered that he had already sold the teenager’s cell phone.

“Further information extracted from the suspect during questioning after our arrival, led our team to an informal settlement on Old North Coast Road where the suspect had already sold the cellphone that he had taken during the robbery,” he said.

“Our team managed to recover the stolen phone from a local tuck shop within the informal settlement, where it had been sold for R150,” he said.

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Greenwood Park SAPS were dispatched and arrived on scene a short while later. The suspect was arrested and charged with common robbery.

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