SAPS seek ‘Doorbell Gang’ member

2015-09-03 06:00
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Police are asking the community to report the whereabouts of a member of the infamous ‘Doorbell Gang’ Derrick Williams (above) from Eastwood.

?????PHOTO: supplied Police are asking the community to report the whereabouts of a member of the infamous ‘Doorbell Gang’ Derrick Williams (above) from Eastwood.

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MOUNTAIN Rise police are urging the community to assist them in finding a member of the infamous “Doorbell Gang”, who they say has been evading arrest for months.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a warrant for Derrick Williams’s (36) arrest has been issued.

Police sources say Williams is part of the “Five-Minute Doorbell Gang”, accused of stealing from several homes in the Mountain Rise policing precinct, including that from DA MP, Mergen Chetty.

“He is wanted in connection with housebreaking and theft cases in Orient Heights and New Greytown Road areas in April.

“Williams has avoided the law for months and a warrant of arrest has been issued for him,” said Zwane.

More than eight cases implicating the Five-Minute Doorbell Gang have been reported at the Mountain Rise Police Station.

In April three men and two women appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg­ Magistrate’s Court in connection with two housebreakings believed to be the work of the gang.

The accused were Thokozani Khanyile (29), John Williams (43), Mlindelwa Richard Dlamini (43), Lorraine Williams (30) and Ramitha Dhera (44). They were later granted bail with Khanyile abandoning his bail application at the last minute. According to the charge sheet they were all charged with housebreaking with intent to steal and theft of valuables from the homes of Nasham Singh and Chetty in Pietermaritzburg on 5 and 6 April.

The burglary at Singh’s residence ­allegedly netted the gang jewellery and electronic equipment a total of around R150 000, while goods worth R1 million - including jewellery and watches, large sums of money in ­international currency, as well as a firearm and a diplomatic passport - were ­allegedly stolen from the Chetty residence.

A long list of stolen property was found in their possession in Eastwood at the time of their arrest.

Anyone with information on Williams’s whereabouts can contact Detective Warrant Officer Ashok Baldowu on 083 776 3206 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111

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