‘Creative shoplifter’ sets social media on fire

An alleged shoplifting incident at a Pep Store in Middelburg (downtown), where a woman faked a pregnancy to slip out with her loot, is currently trending on Facebook gossip groups.

Images of the alleged shoplifter were shared on Mhluzi Gossip/Events and Party Newz, showing a homemade artificial pregnancy belly, which the shoplifter supposedly sported in her cunning and creative scheme.

The Facebook poster further points out that the woman’s attempt at shoplifting went wrong, backed up by the images that show staff members of the store holding the homemade prosthesis.

The alleged shoplifter wearing an artificial baby belly. PHOTO: Facebook.

With the alleged shoplifter looking clearly dismayed by her capture, she managed to round up support from the public who echoed sentiments of sympathy, as well as labelling her methods creative.

The Middelburg Observer has sent a media enquiry to Pep Stores Head Office, to confirm when and at which branch the incident took place. No response was received by the time of publication.

Store personnel holding the fake belly. PHOTO: Facebook.

• The woman can not be identified by the Middelburg Observer due to the absence of criminal charges and a court appearance.

The artificial belly was equipped with a hollow back, supposedly to make room for the loot. PHOTO: Facebook.

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