Off duty cop arrests thief

Being off duty does not mean not doing your job.

Sgt Dumisane Masilela deserves a round of applause after he arrested a suspected thief and that while he was supposed to be relaxing on his day off.

Sgt Masilela’s sixth sense proved right when he saw a man carrying a large item wrapped in a white cloth on September 27.

The man was just about to cross Delville Street when Sgt Masilela, driving in his private vehicle, called the man and asked about the item he was carrying.

The 20-year old man, unaware that he was talking to a policeman told Sgt Masilela it was a plasma television. Sgt Masilela just knew that the television was stolen and arrested the man who spilled all the beans.
He admitted stealing the television and a hi-fi from a house in Reyno Ridge.

The man told Sgt Masilela that he sold the hi-fi to someone in Springvalley, where he also lives.
The policeman took it one step further and went to the house the suspect pointed out and recovered the hi-fi.
The suspected thief was arrested for housebreaking and possession of stolen property. The suspect appeared in court on September 28 and the case was postponed until October 5. The suspect remained in custody.


This is the hi-fi that the 20-year old suspect stole from a house in Reyno Ridge on September 27.

The station commander Brigadier Sipho Mokwatlo urged the community of eMalahleni and especially Spring Valley residents not to buy stolen property but to report it to the police as soon as possible or phone the crime stop number 0860010111 where they can report criminal activities anonymously and even get financial rewards for positive information .

Witbank SAPS also recorded 93 other arrests in cooperation with the community structures in eMalahleni.
One man was arrested for attempted murder, 13 for shoplifting, three for driving under the influence of alcohol, nine for general theft and 17 suspects were arrested for assault.

Five illegal immigrants also landed behind bars, 10 suspects were cuffed for dealing in drugs, three for possession of stolen property, six for malicious damage to property, eight for theft of copper and two for possession of copper.

Seven suspects were arrested for robbery, one for contempt of court, one for corruption, a suspect was arrested for pointing of a firearm, one for trespassing, one for using a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, one for fraud, one for business robbery and one for the possession of a dangerous weapon.

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