Fleeing from the Amajuba Mall in Newcastle, with a horde of people behind him, a shoplifter thought he had made his escape. But, unfortunately for the thief, a grade 9 St Dominics Newcastle student stepped up to assist. The 14-year-old Grade 9 learner from St Dominics Newcastle tackled and restrained him until the authorities arrived
Taking place at around 2 pm on Thursday afternoon, 2 March 2023, the shoplifter stole various perfumes from the Clicks store situated at Amajuba Mall.
According to Clicks Manageress Brenda Morris, the shoplifter had entered the store with a bag. “I told him to leave the bag at the entrance, which he did. Then, he took the perfume and the alarm went off when he went out the door,” said Morris.
The shoplifter shoved the stolen goods into the bag and fled the scene, resulting in the Clicks Manageress calling staff and security for assistance.
The Clicks staff members and security guards chased after the man, who eventually made it out of the Amajuba Mall and was now tracking it down Hunter avenue (past the Newcastle Inn). But little did he know.
Explaining what happened, the calm and collected, 14-year-old, Logan van Niekerk said, “I was on my way home from school with my dad and his work colleague when we saw a group of people from Clicks and security guards running out of the Amajuba Mall’s property chasing someone.”
According to Logan, after his father turned into Hunter Avenue, they saw the man running with a bag in his hands and a panicked look on his face. “We decided to do the right thing and help, so my dad pulled the car over and we all jumped out to help catch the shoplifter.”
While Logan’s dad and colleague attempted to grab the shoplifter, the nibble thief escaped them. However, he could not evade Logan who chased the man down, tackled him onto the road, turned him over and restrained the suspect until security officials and the Clicks staff could take over.
With the suspect taken back to the store and Logan returning the bag of perfumes—Clicks Amajuba Mall’s Morris and her team thanked Logan for stopping the shoplifter who will now face legal repercussions.
Newcastillian News salutes the 14-year-old St Dominics Newcastle student for showing massive courage and assisting his community.
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