Cops on hunt for hide-outs

2010-10-11 00:00

THE Port Shepstone police have continued their campaign to use public information in an attempt to locate illegal lairs where stolen goods are hidden by criminals.

After being tipped off by an unnamed member of the public on Friday morning, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid and Warrant Officer Michael Welsh, accompanied by several other members from the Port Shepstone police station, proceeded to Oslo Beach to locate the illegal dwelling they had received information about.

In a bushy area in Oslo Beach, they dioscovered a shack that had been erected near a smallholding. Two men were sleeping inside.

The police officers conducted a search of the surrounding bush area where they located a crowbar suspected of having been used during housebreakings, as well as suspected stolen property such as items from a hardware store that were still in packages.

The two suspects were arrested and will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possession of suspected stolen property.

Wiid stressed that the police force will continue to act on any information that they are given about the locations of illegal beach or bush dwellings, and urged the public to contact the police should they know of such dwellings.

Those with information should contact Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the Port Shepstone police station on 082 826 8981.

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