Arrests for theft, assault, drugs

Cape Town Central police arrested a man for theft of a cellphone in Long Street with the assistance of a bouncer at a club, Law Enforcement officers and Central City Improvement District (CCID) security on Sunday April 28.

Cape Town Central police spokesperson, Captain Ezra October, said it was alleged that the complainant and his wife were walking in Long Street, when he was pick-pocketed by an unknown man passing him.

The complainant felt someone placing a hand in his right-side pocket and his wife noticed the man passing the cellphone to his accomplice.

The complainant grabbed both suspects from behind but only managed to apprehend one man.

“The bouncer at a nearby club saw the incident and notified CCID security and law enforcement who arrested the man. His accomplice who took the cellphone ran away,” said Captain October.

On Saturday April 27, a man was arrested for common assault after he allegedly attacked a security guard who had approached him in Keerom Street for public indecency. The guard called the police, who arrested the man.

On Saturday April 27, police arrested a woman for theft of a laptop and a cellphone in St Marks Street, Zonnebloem. It was alleged that she stole her friend’s belongings, which were not recovered. The woman was detained at Cape Town Central police and charged for theft.

Police arrested a man for driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs on Friday April 26, on the corner of Buitengracht and Riebeeck streets. Another two men were arrested in Primrose Street and Long and Orange, Oranjezicht, on Sunday April 28.

Police arrested a man for malicious damage to property on the Foreshore after he had allegedly broken the office glass door at a property on Friday April 26.

A man was arrested on Thursday April 25 for theft from his workplace. Captain October said the man allegedly stole electronic equipment from the institution over a period of time, removing the equipment from the site without permission. Forensic investigators were appointed to investigate and the man was detained at Cape Town Central police station.

Also on Thursday, a man was arrested after he allegedly stole a phone from a truck parked in Kloof Street. The truck owner managed to apprehend the suspect and handed him to the police.

On Wednesday April 24, Cape Town Central SAPS Crime Prevention Unit members arrested several men and women for various drug-related crime, including illegal possession of mandrax pills, unga and tik. They also arrested six people for shoplifting. On the same day, a law enforcement officer arrested a 48-year-old man for being in possession of dagga in Long Street.