A hitchhiker landed himself in hot water when he unknowingly thumbed a ride with an off-duty policeman and asked him to stop at the side of the road to load up stolen electrical appliances
Eastern Cape Police spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said Constable Romeo Aston Holster from Port Alfred was driving to Alexandria on Saturday when he picked up a hiker, who later asked him to stop by the side of the road so he could pick up some goods.
The suspicious driver was driving the 39-year-old man to the Alexandria police station when he realized where they were going, and tried to grab the steering wheel of the car from the policeman’s hands.
“At this stage the member identified himself as a police officer and drove directly to the police station, where the hiker was arrested and detained for the possession of suspected stolen property.”
Seventeen kettles, a hand mixer, hairdryer, paraffin heater, a hotplate and radio valued at R5,000 were recovered by police – before the theft was even reported.
“Not long after the arrest was made and the docket was registered, a case of housebreaking at Robot Furniture’s, Alexandria, was reported to the Alexandria Police.”
Monwabisi Windvoel, 39, appeared in the Alexandria Magistrate’s Court on Monday and the case has been postponed until 18 September. He was remanded in custody.