A screengrab of the CCTV footage showing a student’s cell phone being grabbed by a perpetrator in the Hatfield Studios lobby
Student arrested for cellphone robbery
Robberies rife in Hatfield
A 21-year-old UP student was arrested for robbing a fellow student of her cell phone on Saturday 11 May. The robbery took place on the corner of Hilda and South Street in Hatfield as the female law student was walking to campus around 9:00 in the morning. The suspect grabbed the student’s phone from behind and ran away.
The law student screamed for help and ran after the suspect. A passing motorist saw what was happening and told the student to get in his car. They chased after the suspect and as they caught up with him, he threw the phone back into the car.
A security officer from the Department of Security Services at UP heard the screaming and managed to arrest the suspect.
The suspect will appear in the Hatfield Community Court on a charge of common robbery.
Brigadier Kushie Nair, Station Commander for Brooklyn SAPS, commended the security officer for the arrest and thanked the motorist who assisted the victim.
In a separate incident, a perpetrator can be seen on CCTV footage provided to PDBY, grabbing a student’s cell phone in the lobby of Hatfield Studios. The thief then runs away with a shocked student looking on.
On 4 May, a 19-year-old man was walking on the corner of Duxbury and Lunnon Road when a group of four men pepper-sprayed him and took his wallet.
In yet another case, a 21-year-old man was also robbed in the early hours of the morning after waiting for a taxi on Lynnwood Road outside a pub. An unknown man grabbed his cell phone from behind and fled in a Volkswagen Polo that was waiting on the side of the road.
In a statement, the Brooklyn SAPS states that robberies in the Hatfield area remain a concern. Students are often targeted for their cell phones and laptops. Students are advised to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
Information that can assist SAPS in investigations can be provided anonymously by phoning 08600 10111 or by sending an SMS to 32211. The 24-hour Brooklyn Police number is 012 366 1735/6
CCTV video of the Hatfield Studios cell phone robbery :