WARRANT officer Johnny Hayward of the Jeffreys Bay police has been highly praised by a member of the public for retrieving a valuable heirloom stolen from her house.
Janine Visser of Paradise Beach was at home last Saturday night when the suspect apparently gained access to her house and stole her handbag from her kitchen.
“It was raining and as my dog chased someone out of my house, I noticed my handbag with valuables was missing,” said Visser.
Although she did not report the theft to the police she did contact John Wiehahn of the Paradise Beach Neighbourhood Watch. He then contacted the police. The emptied handbag was found the following day a few blocks from the house.
Visser said because she had no hope of any of her belongings being retrieved and because she had not reported the incident to the police directly, she was surprised when she received a call from Hayward.
“Hayward called me out of the blue on Thursday, asking me to identify my ring, which is unique and valuable,” she said.
Hayward said after Wiehahn had reported the case he received information about a suspect that was trying to sell a ring. When he apprehended the suspect the ring was found in his possession.
Mbongani Wonderboy Ngwekazi, 37, was arrested and appeared in the Humansdorp court on Friday.
He has been connected to various other crimes, and was recently released from prison.
He is currently in St Albans Prison until his bail hearing next Monday.
Praising Hayward, Visser said the next day more valuables were returned to her.