Law enforcement officers in the South African province of Mpumalanga were perplexed when a crook who had been evading capture for seven years, one day just strolled into the police department. No, his intention was not to surrender. instead, he came to inquire about his candidacy for a cop recruiting program and ended up being detained. His reputation as South Africa’s most stupid criminal has now been cemented by this.
A 40-year-old guy named Thomas Ngcobo was accused of theft of hardware items worth over £1,000 (approximately Rs 91,700) in 2015. He was supposed to hand over the shipment to a purchaser, but rather he slipped away with it. The merchandise was routed by Ngcobo to other locations without the proprietors’ knowledge. When the firm supervisor looked over the receipts, the forgery was discovered, According to police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala. Two payments were identified to be misplaced, he stated, while other stuff were sent to the wrong locations. Ngcobo’s profile was soon included on the list of those wanted and a investigation was immediately launched at the Bethal South African Police Service (SAPS).
Ngcobo was able to elude capture after taking the package and stay at large for seven years. Nevertheless, on August 15 of this year, Ngcobo himself confronted the policemen, putting an end to his pursuit of them. The spokesperson claimed that Ngcobo approached the police department to seek the status of a registration he had submitted for a police hiring spree. To the amazement of the police officers, Ngcobo was taken into custody as his identification was verified. According to the local press, Ngcobo has subsequently been taken into police custody by the authorities and has earned the title of “dumbest criminal” in the nation for his silliest conduct. Commenting on Ngcobo’s conviction, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Mpumalanga, cautioned evading suspects that they couldn’t escape the law. She continued by saying that unless further suspects are apprehended, the police cannot create a secure environment. Manamela, the provincial police commissioner of Mpumalanga, has expressed his appreciation for Ngcobo’s capture and also admonished sought individuals still at large that the law will get them. It will only be a matter of time before we bring them to justice, She reassured: “It is just a matter of time before we bring them to justice.” She stated. Ngcobo has been detained since August 16.
Not just Thomas Ngcobo is an incompetent felon for his line of work. There have been numerous instances where offenders were apprehended due to their individual idiocy. For example in the case, armed goon Andrew Hennells was caught after bragging on Facebook about his intentions to attack a store, along with a photo, an image of a dagger, and the words “Doing. Tesco. Over.” Police grabbed him 15 minutes later with the knife and 410 British pounds (approximately Rs. 37,225.08) in banknotes taken from a Tesco in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. As a result, he spent four years behind bars.