K9 unit help nab burglars

2011-08-02 00:00

THREE burglars were arrested within minutes of committing break-ins on Thursday and Friday afternoon last week. Valuable household items were recovered due to the swift response from the K9 unit of Port Shepstone SAPS.

On Thursday afternoon at 4.00 pm Warrant Officer Marc Wiid and Constable Erasmus Musa were dispatched to Mtwalume, after a house was broken into. Security guards saw men carrying television screens and sound system equipment along the railway line.

“Once they saw the guards the suspects dropped everything and ran into the bushes,”said Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid of the Port Shepstone SAPS corporate communications.

Wiid and Musa searched the bushes with patrol dog Rocky, who picked up a scent and led the police officers to an incomplete house.

“The officers entered the building through the garage at the bottom storey and found one suspect hiding. A bag with suspected stolen property was also found hidden,” Wiid said.

The suspect was arrested and handed over to the crime prevention members of Hibberdene and Crime Intelligence.

Wiid and Musa continued their pursuit in the Sipofu and Msinsini areas where they arrested two more suspects in the late hours of Thursday evening for possession of stolen property.

Flat screens, computer towers, speakers, amplifiers, a hi-fi, a computer screen and a DVD player were recovered. The three suspects will appear in Hibberdene court today.

Another burglar was arrested in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality building in the central business district on Thursday night by Sergeant Willow le Roux and his patrol dog, Blackie.

They responded to a Protection Services call, which said the perpetrator was still inside the building.

Blackie followed the tracks to the toilet where the suspected burglar tried to hide by pushing the toilet door from the inside.

Le Roux forced open the door and Blackie apprehended him. The suspect will appear in court today.

At Oslo beach, a home owner in Kinsey Drive heard an unknown man when he forced open the safety gate to her home. The woman screamed, causing the suspect to flee.

“She immediately put through a call to the police. Within minutes Warrant Officer Marc Wiid, Constable Erasmus Musa and Sergeant Rommel da Rosa were at the scene,” Wiid said.

They followed the spoor towards the beach with Rocky and saw a man running. Wiid said the suspect was warned to surrender, but he disobeyed and continued to flee.

Rocky was then released and apprehended the suspect. A bag containing clothing and other items was found in his possession.

“It was established that he had attempted to break into the neighbour’s house where he broke the lock and took a braai stand,” Wiid added.

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