Breathing sounds in ceiling give burglar away

2014-11-13 00:00

WHEN a woman heard breathing coming from her ceiling, she knew that the man who had been lurking on her premises was now inside her roof.

Rashina Ramlal, a resident of Rutland Road in Scottsville, was at home with her daughter on Tuesday morning when she saw a man jump over the gate and into their property.

Ramlal alleged the man walked up to the window, took a sharp turn, and disappeared into their other house next door.

“I was so scared. The first thing I did was press the panic button,” she said.

She said ADT responded in a few minutes and the police arrived shortly after.

“I was relieved when the security guard came over, but I was nervous for him because he didn’t have anything to defend himself with. I had just walked out of the house when the police arrived,” she said.

The K9 unit was patrolling outside when one of the dogs picked up a scent.

They found that he had created a hole in the ceiling and had been hiding in the roof.

The dog went in through the hole and forced him out from his hiding place.

“We could hear him breathing heavily,” Ramlal said.

“I want to commend the K9 unit on their extremely good work. But now we are scared all the time because we thought this area was safe.”

Nothing was taken from the house.

SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker, said that the man was identified as Enock Lindani Khumalo (27) and he was arrested and charged with housebreaking. He appeared in court yesterday.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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