Law Enforcement spokesperson, Wayne Dyason, says the four friends could not resist the aroma of Jacobs Kronung coffee and were caught with 50 jars of it.
He says they were nabbed by two eagle-eyed auxiliary officers on Saturday afternoon after they received a tip-off about a shoplifting incident at Checkers in Blue Route Mall.
“Two Auxiliary law enforcement officers jumped into action when they received information of a shoplifting incident at Blue Route Mall.
“They received a description of the getaway vehicle and soon afterwards spotted the vehicle on the corner of the M3 highway and Steenberg road in Tokai shortly before 6pm.”
Dyason says the officers questioned the two men and women and searched the boot of their car when they found the expensive instant coffee along with other breakfast items such as Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, toilet paper, biscuits and a Minions lucky packet.
“Officers spotted a large quantity of Jacobs coffee tins in the rear of the boot (50 units) to the value of over R5000, they also spotted an expensive set of artisan knives which are also of high value as well as multiple other stolen goods,” says Dyason.
“The total value of the stolen items is between R8000 and R10 000.”
He says the four suspects, aged between 33 and 45, were arrested and taken to Kirstenhof Police Station where they were charged with possession of suspected stolen property.
“This will be linked to the case that has been opened by the store manager of the shop in Blue Route. Apparently they left the store in a hurry with the trolley,” explains Dyason.
“The vehicle was not booked in as the detective did not require it. At this stage, details of their court appearances are unknown.”