N2 hiker gets a lift to police cells

2011-09-27 00:00

A MAN carrying bags full of suspected stolen property was arrested yesterday morning by captain Gavin de Lange from the Port Shepstone Cluster, who noticed the suspect carrying goods near the Sezela offramp on the N2 highway.

He stopped and searched the man and found him to be in possession of a number of suspected stolen items, including imitation jewelry, a wallet with money and business cards, electronic equipment, linen, cutlery and toiletries.

SAPF spokesperson captain Vincent Pandarum said, “The man was unable to give a reasonable account for how he had come to be in possession of the property.

“He stated that he was on his way to hitch-hike a lift to his family home in the Eastern Cape.”

Captain de Lange arrested the suspect and detained him at the Scottburgh Police Station.

Pandarum said the captain has notched up a number of arrests between Scottburgh and Port Shepstone.

“The sharp eyed captain has a sixth sense that makes him stop and check on people on the freeway and it invariably results in an arrest and the recovery of either drugs or stolen property.”

The suspect was charged for being in possession of suspected stolen property and is expected to appear in the Scottburgh Magistrates Court tomorrow.

“The arrested man may be linked to the recent burglaries in the Pennington, Bazley and Sezela areas. It is hoped that his arrest will see a reduction of property crimes in these communities,” he said.

Pandarum added that motorists in general and taxi drivers in particular must contact the police should they pick up anyone with an unusually large amount of property that appears to be suspicious.

“We have stepped up police visibility at the railway stations and along the taxi routes as we have reason to believe that burglars are using public transport to get away with stolen property.”

Pandarum said the police are also carrying out random stop and search operations on vehicles that may be transporting stolen items.

witness@feveronline.co.za

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