‘Cellphone magnate’ arrested after police uncover R100k illegal bounty

BOUNTY: A total of 92 illegal Samsung cellphones were uncovered by Joburg Central Police when a second-hand goods shop in Joburg CBD was raided on 11 April.

A second-hand goods shop located at the corner of Wanderers and Plein Streets was the centre of attention when Joburg Central Police descended on it at about 1pm on 11 April.

A 36-year old suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen property at the shop after a total of 92 Samsung cellphones, worth an estimated value of R100 000 were uncovered, according to Captain Xoli Mbele, spokeperson of the Joburg Central Police Station.

“Police received a tip-off from a community member about [the sale] of cellphones without [possessing] the relevant legal documentation,” he said.
“When police arrived at the shop, they were granted permission to search [the premises] wherein they discovered [about] 92 Samsung cellphones. The cellphones were estimated to be worth R100 000,” explained Mbele.

A police investigation is under way with the suspect set to appear in the Joburg Magistrate’s Court soon.

Police have, however, extended the following safety tips when looking to purchase a cellphone:

– Don’t buy cellphones and laptops if the seller fails to produce his or her ID book

– Don’t buy cellphones and laptops if the seller fails to produce valid papers of what he or she is selling to you

– Keep a record of the seller

Blow the whistle on crime and other suspicious activities by contacting the Joburg Central Police on 011 497 7135 with any information.

Tshepiso Mametela

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