Someone give this man a Bell's! When a Johannesburg man saw a smash and grab happen a few feet away from him he decided to intervene. He managed to chase down the thief and retrieve the stolen laptop - this is what a hero does.
On 10 September, at around 17:30, Anton Damhuis was on his way home when he saw a smash and grab in Alexandra. Instead of staying out of the situation, he decided to help his fellow South African in need.
The event was captured on a camera on Anton's helmet and shows clearly how the thief grabbed a laptop in its bag out of the vehicle and tried to make off with it.
Anton gave chase and while the thief may have gotten away, the laptop was dropped on the road and recovered.
This is the kind of selfless act that South Africa needs more of. If people could look out for each other like this, criminals would become less brazen.
The owner of the laptop was too shocked to thank Anton in person but did thank him on his YouTube channel:
My friend, I was the man in the car and I want to really thank you for intervening. Sorry I did not thank you yesterday, but I was in a bit of a shock.
The video has been watched more than 50 000 times already and people are applauding Anton's intervention.
Ethan Davids - Thank you for assisting and helping to fight crime !!!
Carol-Anne Best - Nicely done. It's nice to know there are still people out there willing to help. Thank you
Dorothy Lubisi - I believe its time we start helping each other when things like these happen instead of just watching. This way we will be able to fight these criminals, even if it means know them down and block them from getting away. To the man on the bike, you are a star.
William Hughton - He should have ran his ass over with the bike
TheM13l13 - Well done! An example to us all... get involved and stop these criminals!
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