Security company employee charged with multiple air-con theft

2017-02-09 06:02
The suspect with one of the air conditioners that was stolen from Mountview. Photo: supplied

The suspect with one of the air conditioners that was stolen from Mountview. Photo: supplied

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A VERULAM security company employee and an air-conditioner installer aged 36 was arrested last Thursday and charged for being in possession of suspected stolen property.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld until he pleads in court, is accused of stealing air conditioners from various homes in Mountview.

The head of the TransNatal Flying Squad Unit, Suren Balram, said numerous complaints were lodged by residents at the Verulam SAPS and his office about missing air conditioners.

Balram said in a statement: “The air-conditioning units were stolen while residents were away from their home. The suspect is the air-conditioner installer. We have approximately 10 people, including a church, who have laid complaints. The victims were misled by the perpetrator and lost monies totalling several thousands. I arrested the suspect and handed him over to the Verulam SAPS.”

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim confirmed the incident.
“We can confirm that the suspect was arrested and charged under Section 36 after he was found in possession of suspected stolen property.
“We had few cases where air conditioners were stolen in the Mountview area. Police received information from sources that the air conditioners were being sold to the public for R300 each.
“A syndicate has been operating for almost a week.
“The suspect was detained at the police station waiting for his appearance in court.”

Prakasim warned the public not to buy suspected stolen property.
“The price of the air conditioner is close to R6 000 each. Should you find a person selling it for R300 it should raise a red flag.”

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