Burglary: Teens from top schools arrested

2008-08-08 00:00

Police have arrested three teenagers, believed to be pupils at exclusive Durban high schools, for being part of a housebreaking syndicate.

The suspects, aged between 15 and 16, are believed to be working for a ringleader, who assigns them to specific houses in the area.

Police said the gang is responsible for the recent spate of housebreakings that have plagued the area.

Police told Weekend Witness that the suspects broke into a house in Seaview near Queensburgh and made off with an expensive computer, home theatre system, a television and other small appliances.

The suspects, who live in the Seaview area and are well known in the community, have been linked to more cases.

One of the boys lives opposite the house that was robbed, and police believe he monitored the house and alerted the other two suspects when the residents had left.

The boys, who police described as being of small build, entered the house through a window and only stole expensive brand-name appliances.

“They later made arrangements to sell the stolen items to a man in central Durban,” said a police source.

A police informer told police that suspects were going to sell the goods in Moore Road.

The boys, who were in their school uniforms, hired a car to take them to meet the buyer.

“We intercepted them in Moore Road and arrested them. They were charged and taken to Durban Central police station,” he said.

The boys were held for two days in police cells before being released into their parents’ custody.

One concerned parent told police that she didn’t expect her son to be a criminal because she pays R4 000 a month for his school fees.

“These kids come from good homes … Their parents were shocked when we called them,” the policeman said.

Police believe more teenagers are involved in the syndicate and are hoping to make more arrests, including the ringleader.

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