A 21-year-old drug addict who sold a phone for R30 and the buyer were arrested by Reaction Unit South Africa following a robbery in Parkgate on Sunday morning.
It is said that a 55-year-old man called Reaction Unit South Africa for assistance as his 21-year-old drug addict son was in the process of robbing his mother out of her Huawei cellphone.
On arrival at the scene, RUSA officers were informed that the suspect had fled. The suspect’s description was then circulated via a two-way radio by officers when he was spotted entering a bush along Old Main Road in Ottawa.
“RUSA members surrounded the bush and kept abstention,” said RUSA spokesperson Prem Barlim.
“They witnessed the man selling the cellphone to an unknown male.”
“As reaction officers approached, both men fled in different directions,” he said.
The suspect who bought the cellphone was arrested, and it was recovered in his possession. Minutes later, the 21-year-old son was also arrested, and in an interview, he revealed that he sold the cellphone for R30.
The drug addict’s son then used the money to purchase crack cocaine. According to his parents, the suspect has been tormenting them for cash to purchase drugs before resorting to stealing household items and selling them to support his addiction.
Both suspects were detained at Verulam SAPS.