- A young couple were the victims of a roadside robbery as a cellphone was stolen
- The thief ran into a bust taxi rank and they thought that the phone was gone forever
- A group of police were able to recover the cellphone within a few minutes of patrolling, showing that there are great police out there
A 23-year-old chemical engineering student, Helen Olivier, and her boyfriend, 29, Jan Kotze, were the victims of a robbery when someone grabbed her cellphone and ran into a busy taxi rank.
Kotze flagged down the officers as he drove around the area trying to cut off the thief's escape.
Briefly.co.za learned that the officers Rudzani Makakavhula, Sedzani Mutshembele and Tshishonga Rathando immediately headed into the taxi rank according to goodthingsguy.com.
Kotze thought that trying to find the cell phone in the bust taxi rank was an exercise in futility.
“With so many people coming and going, including a bus, I believed that it was a waste of time, but I gave my details to Makakavhula who seemed determined. He promised they would not rest until they caught him,” he said.
The officers continued to patrol until the happened upon two suspicious people. The approached them and after a brief search, they discovered one of them had the cellphone.
The two victims were able to unlock the phone's security pattern on the first try confirming it was their phone.
“To be honest, when I saw the man running with my phone I just thought my phone was gone,” Helen admitted.
Kotze said that the incident had helped him restore his faith in the police and his only experiences in the past were of being stopped by the Metro police and being handed a ticket.
He felt that these officers needed to have their story shared and to show people that there are fantastic police in the country.
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