This is the moment an Irish tourist who allegedly stole 10,000 USD in charity cash from an American tourist in Turkey is chased across tram tracks by a daring undercover female cop.
The incident happened on the 13th of April 2019 at the Fatih Sultanahmet Tram Station in the Fatih district of Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.
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Local media report an Irish citizen, named as Rolan Ruci who reportedly hails from Northern Ireland, was following American tourist Wakil Rosali, who is of Afghani origin, as she was about to get onto a tram.
Three female plainclothes officers spotted Ruci acting suspiciously and began following him as he continued watching Rosali.
The Irishman is then said to have stolen an envelope containing 10,000 USD (7,763 GBP) from Rosali’s pocket before sprinting away.
In the video, police officer Hacer Demirel can be seen sprinting after Ruci after she saw the alleged crime.
She runs through the station turnstile and then across the tracks in front of the tram after Ruci, who can be seen looking over his shoulder at her.
Reports state Demirel quickly caught up with the suspect and he was arrested before being taken to a police station.
The stolen money was handed back to Rosali and she told the cops she had collected the money in the United States for people in need in Mecca.
Local media report the three women who work for the Istanbul Safety Teams as civilian police officers, named as Hacer Demirel, Eda Dundar and Sumeyra Yilmaz, are 2, 3 and 4 years into the job respectively and have managed to capture many suspects so far.
In her statement to the local media, Hacer Demirel said: “We work as civil police officers. Sometimes we even wear hijabs. As we spot a potential suspect we start following him or her. This can sometimes last up to eight hours. When the suspect steals a bag, phone or other property we catch him or her on the spot. We also deal with crimes such as drugs and pick-pocketing too.”
It is unclear if the suspect has been charged.