A wanted criminal who had been on the run for seven years was apprehended after voluntarily walking into a police station to follow up on a job application.
According to reports, Thomas Ngcobo, a 40-year-old South African man, has been on the run for years after stealing $1,200 in hardware while working as a delivery man in 2015.
He is said to have diverted deliveries to other addresses without the owner’s permission or knowledge.
When his manager discovered that some invoices had gone missing and that several products had been delivered to the wrong addresses, he filed a formal complaint with the police. His name was later added to the police wanted list.
Then, as if he didn’t have a case at the police station, Ngcobo confidently walked into the station on August 15 to follow up on a job application, claiming it had been a long time since he submitted it.
Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the Mpumalanga police spokesperson, who revealed the suspect’s arrest to journalists, stated that his colleagues at the police station were shocked to see him.
“The suspect was unexpectedly nabbed on Monday, August 15, 2022, after he visited the Bethal SAPS to make inquiries about his application for a police recruitment drive,” Mohlala is quoted to have said.
Although it was not any effort by the police that led to the arrest of Ngcobo, they have been bragging about the arrest.
Semakaleng Daphney Manamela is quoted to have said: “We are working tirelessly day and night, sticking to our mandate of creating a safe environment for all citizens.
“We cannot achieve that stage while other suspects are still roaming the streets and terrorizing communities. It is just a matter of time before we bring them to justice.”