Car linked to five burglaries is forfeited to state

2013-08-15 00:00

THE Asset Forfeiture Unit obtained a high court order yesterday to preserve a blue Toyota Camry valued at R40 000 that was allegedly used to commit a series of housebreakings in Cool Air, Dalton, in 2010.

The AFU will apply to the court in due course to have the vehicle forfeited to the state.

The car was seized by police on August 29, 2010, when they arrested four suspects in the vehicle shortly after a housebreaking that occurred in Erica Avenue.

They were later charged with five housebreakings in the area and the theft of thousands of rands worth of property.

Police patrolling the area had received information that the car — which had featured in five separate housebreakings — was seen dropping off three men who then entered a property in Erica Avenue.

As police arrived at the scene the men emerged and “hastily” got into the Camry, which sped away. It was subsequently stopped by the police and the occupants were arrested.

Police recovered jewellery, cameras, cellphones and a laptop, along with alleged “housebreaking tools” such as a bolt cutter, fence cutter, gloves and a stainless steel padlock that had been cut, inside the car.

Asset Forfeiture Unit boss Knorx Molelle, said the car was registered in the name of Tanzanian national Hajim Abdallah, who was one of four men who were arrested and charged in connection with five housebreakings in the Cool Air area in July and August 2010.

Since the incident one of the accused, Juma Mbaruku, had pleaded guilty in a court in Durban to the offences, after he was arrested there on other charges.

The other accused — Innocent Joseph Ndauka, Ramadan Salum Abdallah and Hajim Abdallah — are still currently on trial, he said.

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