All in a week’s work – cops arrest robbers, confiscate weed vending machine

Police confiscated a vending machine selling dagga in Long Street on Tuesday, March 1.

Following a spate of robberies in the city centre in recent weeks, Cape Town Central police held operations focusing on robberies, common theft, and theft out of motor vehicles around the hotspots – the transport hub, Sir Lowry, Strand, Darling, Hanover and Christiaan Barnard streets.

During patrols yesterday, March 3, police arrested two men on the Grand Parade, after a man was robbed of his cellphone at knifepoint near the Good Hope Centre on his way to work.

Police spokesperson Captain Ezra October said it was alleged that the two armed men threatened to stabbed the victim, grabbed the phone which was in his pocket, and ran towards the Cape Town Railway Station Deck’s abandoned building.

“The victim pursued the suspects and flagged a police vehicle patrolling near the taxi rank and informed the members about the robbery. He gave a brief description of the suspects clothing.

“The members passed on the complaint to all security authorities via radio to be on the lookout for the suspected men.”

Two officers patrolling in Strand Street noticed the two robbers running from the steel bridge connecting the Grand Parade to the Station Deck and arrested them.

The phone was recovered and returned to the victim, said Captain October.

Wayne O’Gorman

Cape Town Central police are searching for Wayne O’Gorman, who went missing on Saturday February 26.

He was last seen at 8.15am leaving his place of residence at Lower De Waal Drive, Zonnebloem. He is mentally disabled and speaks very softly.

Captain October said this was not the first time Mr O’Gorman was reported missing.

He was last seen wearing brown pants and a pair of brown sandals, and an unknown colour shirt.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can contact Cape Town Central Police Station, Warrant Officer Williams or Sergeant Angela Fritz at 021 467 8006 or 021 467 8000 or 08600 10111.

  • Police arrested a man in Zonnebloem for possession of four bags of dagga, which he had allegedly bought from a vending machine in Long Street.

Captain October said the man who was arrested pointed out the shop in Long Street to police, where the vending machine was confiscated.

Captain October said that dagga in a plastic bag, a lollipop and a booklet could be purchased by inserting coins or notes into the vending machine.

He said that the police opened an inquiry docket and will make contact with the owner of the shop, who was not present at the time of the arrest.