- CCTV video showed the brazen theft
- The thief calmly walked into the restaurant
- He suddenly grabbed a man's phone and ran off to a waiting car
Dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment an audacious thief grabbed a man's cellphone at the Roccomamas restaurant in Randburg recently.
In the video, the thief is seen calmly walking into the restaurant and pretending to talk on his phone.
He walked close to a restaurant patron who was having an actual conversation on his cellphone. Suddenly, he snatched the man's phone and ran off to a waiting getaway car.
The video has been doing the rounds on social media and was shared, among other users, by @crimeairnetwork.
The entire plan appeared to have been well scripted and the victim never had a chance of catching up with the thief.
Social media users expressed shock and outrage at the brazenness of the incident. See some of their reactions below.
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