Police officer’s house broken into in Melmoth

2012-12-14 00:00

A MELMOTH police officer became the victim of a burglary last week.

Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Gloria Mtshali, who lives in Leich Street, left her house in the morning on December 4, and when she returned later that night, she discovered that burglars had climbed in through a window.

A flat-screen LCD television set, a DVD player and a duvet were stolen.

Police have admitted that burglaries are a problem in the small town.

Nationwide crime statistics released by the SAPS in September revealed that, for the period April 2011 to March 2012, there was a burglary almost every day at a home or business in the small town.

And police admitted recently that the incidents had in the past few months increased by 45%, compared to the same period last year.

Police spokesperson Captain Tienkie van Vuuren said the fingerprints division attended to the scene of every break-in.

It would take a while to get the results of the latest burglary fingerprints and Van Vuuren could not say whether any concrete evidence had been found at Mtshali’s home. No arrests were made and police are investigating.

In the past year, the homes of the three magistrates living in the town have been burgled.

This is viewed as an indication of the seriousness of the problem in the area.

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