Cape Town – Two women were reportedly arrested in Gqeberha after they allegedly snatched a baby from a shopping trolley at a cash and carry store in Cleary Park.
A video of the incident has since gone viral.
The clip shows a child seated in a trolley while the parents are busy at the fidges, with their backs to the trolley. A woman walks up to the child, picks baby up from the trolley and walks away.
Watch the video below
A one-year-old girl was snatched from a trolley at a cash and carry in Cleary Park, Gqeberha yesterday. Security was alerted and the child was found in the store. Police subsequently arrested two suspects. #Kidnappings pic.twitter.com/1ab7MT5PuN
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) September 6, 2022
Reports indicated that the incident occurred on Monday at around 14:00 when the girl’s parents, aged 23 and 28, were shopping at the store.
According to The South African, police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said when the father turned around and noticed the baby girl was gone, he ran to the security at the door.
“As the security guard was about to close the doors, the first woman pointed out to the father that the child was with the second suspect.
“The women indicated that they were just joking with the parents. The two women and the complainant do not know each other,” the report quoted Naidu as saying.
The women, aged 51 and 56, were arrested and charged with kidnapping, News24 reported.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu