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News: False plea for help lands man in hot water

Media Statement from Gauteng Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service

A man who walked into Sunnyside police station on Monday evening and pleaded with the police to help him to recover his "stolen laptop," is in hot water after it was discovered that he had allegedly opened a false case of robbery with the intent of initiating a false insurance claim. 

The 20-year-old student allegedly told the police that he had been robbed of his laptop by three armed men somewhere along Jorrisen Street, Sunnyside, last Thursday.

Little did the suspect know that a follow-up interview by the local detectives would reveal inconsistencies in the statement that he had initially submitted to the police.

The police reportedly found that the suspect had lent the laptop to his brother, who alleged later that it had been stolen. The duo are believed to have reconciled that the suspect would inform the police that he had lost the laptop during a robbery, a move that would lead to the suspect being charged with perjury, an offence that carry a sentence of up to three years imprisonment.

It is not by default that the local police managed to arrest the 20-year-old student for opening a false case. A team of local investigators has been tasked to analyse the data collected from persons who report/ed cases at the police station. Thus far it appears as if there could be several cases of robbery, especially those involving cellphones and laptops, which could be false reports.

Persons who intend to open false cases should begin to think twice. In fact, misleading the police with false information is equivalent to wasting the resources of our community because the police are a resource. 

This is the second case in as many months where a suspected was charged for giving false information to the police in Sunnyside.

A review of reported cases is ongoing. 

The 20-year-old suspect is expected in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court tomorrow.




Media Enquiries: Captain Daniel Mavimbela - 0828189390/ 0796946947


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