Four alleged shoplifters arrested

Four alleged shoplifters have been arrested after stealing from grocery and clothing stores in Witpoortjie, Roodepoort, on the West Rand today.

It is alleged a man and two women stole the items, including cheese and polish from a Pick ’n Pay store and two pairs of shoes from PEP, in the same shopping centre. The other two suspects drove a silver getaway vehicle, Roodepoort Record reported.

Pick ’n Pay shop assistant Frans Keebine said he noticed the suspects stealing from the centre and notified his store manager. They were chased and arrested by Western Suburbs Roodepoort Neighbourhood Watch (WSRNW) patrollers.

The suspects were taken back to the Witpoortjie Shopping Centre for questioning.

Investigations are ongoing.

In a separate incident, CCTV video footage emerged showing three women stealing baby formula from an OK grocery store in Middelburg, Mpumalanga in February.

The video shows three women, all with large handbags, entering the store before heading to the baby food aisle with their backs to the camera.

Once in the aisle, they are then seen loading about nine tins of formula into their trolleys before proceeding to a different aisle.

The women are then seen taking the formula from their trolleys and hiding it in their handbags.

They then reportedly left the shop without buying anything and drove off in a white Opel Corsa with Gauteng number plates.

Leon Prinsloo, manager of the OK, said it was the third time an incident like this happened.

“They are definitely doing the same thing at other shops,” he said.

The woman reportedly made off with goods worth thousands of rands, as each tin is said to cost about R230.

– Caxton News Service


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