Manhunt for north hospital robber

Security camera footage.

The Wonderboompoort police were on Monday still searching for a man possibly behind a string of robberies the past year.

Police spokesperson Constable Mandlakayise Zwane said several charges of theft near Eugene Marais had been laid this year.

They ranged from theft of motor vehicles to stolen cellphones.

The latest charge was laid last Saturday.

The possible culprit was recently identified on the hospital’s security cameras.

“We strongly believe that the suspect could be involved in the thefts, or could possibly lead us to someone with more information,” Zwane said.

“It can clearly be seen in the pictures that the suspect is talking on one of the stolen cellphones. He is also seen walking in and out of the hospital without anyone noticing anything suspicious.”

The police warned residents to be vigilant.

“If everyone is aware of what is going on around them, we can prevent less thefts,” said Zwane.

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“Thieves have become very clever and can easily use a distraction method to observe and/ or steal something.”

The police’s website offers same safety tips:

– Avoid the ostentatious display of expensive jewellery, cameras, mobile phones and other valuables.

– Keep your handbag with you, keep it closed or zipped, and do not leave it unattended.

– Keep your mobile phone with you and do not leave it unattended.

– Do not carry large sums of money with you.

– Exchange your currency at a bank or at the hotel – never exchange it on the street.

– Carry your wallet in an inside pocket – never in the rear pocket of your trousers.

– Credit card transactions must be processed in your presence.

– At night, stay away from dark, isolated areas.

– It is always better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit, busy streets.

– Plan your route beforehand and, as far as possible, do not ask directions from strangers.

– A police officer or traffic officer will be happy to direct you if you get lost.

Zwane urged anyone with information on the crikmes to call investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Elaine van der Merwe on 012-335-2812.

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“Should they wish to remain anonymous, they can also call 086-001-0111,” Zwane said


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