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Brazilian held for theft in CT

2010-06-14 08:47

Cape Town - Police have arrested a Brazilian man for allegedly stealing two handbags at a restaurant, an official said on Monday.

Colonel Billy Jones said the 51-year-old man and three companions were among those who watched the World Cup opening match at a restaurant at the Cape Quarter in Green Point on Friday.

The man and his friends allegedly stole two handbags belonging to two South African women.

"The suspect - who was in possession of one handbag - was spotted and detained by the security guard at the entrance of the restaurant," said Jones.

"His companions fled on foot with the other handbag and are currently still at large. Police were called to the restaurant and arrested the 51-year-old man."

The man appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Saturday.

"He is remanded in custody at the Goodwood prison and will appear again on Tuesday. The suspect has been in the country for just over a month and stayed at a hotel in Green Point," said Jones.

The handbag that was recovered was returned to the owner but the second handbag is still missing. It contained a camera and cash worth R32 000.

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