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Man dubbed country’s ‘dumbest criminal’ arrested after applying for police job

A South-African Man identified as Thomas Ngcobo has been dubbed the country’s “dumbest criminal” after walking into the police station to check on his application to join the police force.

The 40-year-old has been a fugitive for seven years after he was wanted for stealing hardware products worth more than £1,000 that he was meant to deliver to clients in 2015.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said: “The suspect’s dirty tricks were uncovered a week later after the manager decided to check invoices.

“It was realised that two invoices were missing and other material had been delivered to wrong addresses.”

The alleged theft was registered at the Bethal South African Police Service (SAPS) headquartered in the South African province of Mpumalanga in 2015, with Ngcobo being added to the police “wanted list”.

However, seven years later, the suspect baffled police after walking through the front door of the police station to find out why there was a hold-up with his job application.

The suspect was unexpectedly nabbed on Monday, August 15, 2022, after he visited the Bethal SAPS to make enquiries about his application for a police recruitment drive.”

Local media reported that Ngcobo has been held in custody since August 16.




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