MOSSEL BAY NEWS AND VIDEO - The determination and patience of a Mossel Bay resident led to the arrest of a cellphone theft suspect.
Rowen Readhead spent a whole day tracking down the person who snatched his godmother Taressa Hall's cellphone.
After Taressa's cellphone was stolen on Friday, 23 October, the suspect was chased by Rowen and Central Improvement District (CID) guards in the town centre. The cellphone was retrieved, but the thief escaped.
At 11:30 that day Taressa and Rowen went to the Mossel Bay Police Station to lay a complaint of theft.
After that Rowen walked around town, searching for the thief. Rowen was told that the man often went to the taxi rank in town, so Rowen stationed himself at a good vantage point and kept an eye on the taxi rank from 14:00. Finally, at 18:00, he spotted the cellphone thief at the taxi rank.
He called the Mossel Bay Police Station and asked for assistance in arresting the man. Sergeant Christo Nortjé immediately made haste to the taxi rank to arrest the suspect.
Mossel Bay Police Station spokesperson Warrant Officer Pieter Koekemoer commended Rowen on his commitment, saying: "Because of the diligence of a member of the public, a suspect could be arrested speedily."
Rowen said: "I did it for Taressa because she is family." When he was praised for his detective work and patience, Rowen explained: "My father was a policeman."
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