Residents help nab burglary suspects

2011-10-26 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg mounted unit arrested three suspects in the city shortly after a break-in in Lincoln Meade yesterday morning.

The suspects were arrested at the corner of Langalibalele and Boshoff Streets.

A member of the Lincoln Meade Community Watch said the three broke into a house in Stamford Avenue and stole various items.

“They were spotted by a community member who took down the first three digits of the number plate of their getaway car and alerted the police.

“The community watch then alerted the residents and local security providers using their SMS database,” said the source, who asked not to be named.

As the police were riding down Boshoff Street on a routine patrol they spotted the white Toyota Corolla.

The number plates matched those dispatched by police radios, and the suspects were arrested when they got caught up in the traffic.

The source said that in the past month there have been several break-ins in the area where the syndicate targeted LCD televisions and other expensive electronic devices.

He said what they believe to be a syndicate has plagued Hayfields, Cleland and Lincoln Meade for the past month.

House owner Graham Bell said this was his fifth month in the area and he has never had issues with security.

“This is the first break-in and I must commend the police for such a quick response and for the fact that the suspects have been arrested.

“I hear that all my stuff has been recovered and that’s good news,” said Bell.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a 42 inch plasma TV, a Playstation-3 console and clothing and cosmetics valued at about R15 000 were found in the vehicle.

She said the suspects forced open the front door of the house. The three are believed to be linked to other burglaries in the area.

The police applauded the Lincoln Meade community for its alertness and assistance that had led to the arrests.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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