Two tourists from Britain were robbed in Port Elizabeth while trying to help a woman who pretended to be a victim of a robbery.
The two men, aged 67 and 63, were robbed at Marine Drive on the city’s beachfront at approximately 22:15 on Tuesday.
They apparently had dinner at a restaurant in the area that evening and walked back to their hotel when a young woman stopped and asked for help.
According to police information, the woman claimed she needed help calling the police as she had just been robbed.
“The complainant took out his phone to make a call, then she slammed the phone out of his hands,” says Capt. Police spokeswoman Sandra Janse van Rensburg.
The cellphone barely fell to the ground when two unknown men made their appearance next to the young woman. They were armed with knives.
The group grabbed the tourists’ cellphone and a brown leather wallet with cash before running towards the beach.
According to Janse van Rensburg, this is the first robbery with this modus operandi being reported.
Police on Wednesday urged hotels and guesthouses to warn their guests, especially tourists, to be vigilant and alert when walking along the beachfront.
No one was arrested for the robbery by Wednesday afternoon.