Stolen valuables lead to arrests

2015-12-17 06:00
Photo: supplied The stolen property recovered by Verulam SAPS officers.

Photo: supplied The stolen property recovered by Verulam SAPS officers.

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VERULAM SAPS arrested a housebreaking suspect for a break-in last week after tracking him through the R48 000 worth of jewellery he stole and sold to second-hand dealers last week.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Warrant Officer Mark Prakasim said police followed up on the information of the items stolen and traced it to second-hand dealers in the Verulam CBD.

“The officers managed to recover all the stolen property from the second-hand dealers in the Verulam CBD,” said Prakasim.

He said the officers examined the registers that are required as record by the second-hand dealers to regulate purchase and sales of second-hand goods.

This led to the recovery and arrest.

“One suspect was identified,” said Prakasim. “The officers thereafter traced the suspect and he was arrested a few minutes later.”

Prakasim said by law all second-hand dealers must retain any items sold to them for seven days with the ID of the person who sold the items to them.

“In this time it is possible to trace these suspects down because of the sale of the stolen items so we are urging people to report cases as it happens so police are able to begin investigations as soon as possible,” said Prakasim.

Prakasim commended the officers for the arrests of the suspects and for their investigations which led to the arrest.

He said the suspect remains in custody and further investigations will be conducted to determine if the suspect was involved in any other cases or had accomplices.

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