Day-care centre victim of crime

2015-08-19 06:00
PATRICIA PULE, owner of the Lesedi La Kganya Pre-School in Extension 15, Bronville, stands next to the hole burglars made to gain entry into the centre’s office where they stole important administrative data files.    
Photo: Teboho Setena

PATRICIA PULE, owner of the Lesedi La Kganya Pre-School in Extension 15, Bronville, stands next to the hole burglars made to gain entry into the centre’s office where they stole important administrative data files. Photo: Teboho Setena

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THIEVES made off with administrative and personal data files of an early childhood development centre in Extension 15.

The centre is situated in a residence under development that is adjacent to Bronville in Welkom.

The criminals broke into the Lesedi La Kganya Day-care Centre’s office on Monday night, 10 August.

They ransacked the office and made off with important files containing personal information of children and of the centre.

They also made off with a cheque book.

Devastated owner, Patricia Pule, said it was the first break-in at the centre.

It is, however, not the first time they had to deal with crime.

She said in an incident that took place three years ago, 30 armed men attacked the centre, injuring a boy, then six years old.

The boy was hacked with a panga.

She suspects the motive of the gang attack was revenge.

However, last Monday’s incident is very strange, says Pule.

“What is strange is that thieves only made off with important files containing information of the centre and that of children.

“It is obvious they were after files as they did not even bother to take R300 we had raised for charity on the eve of the break-in,” said Pule.

W.O Malebo Khosana, Thabong police spokesperson, said a case of house-breaking was under investigation.

“It is true that some files were also stolen during the commission of the crime,” said Khosana.

The thieves’ finger-prints were visible in some dry blood on the “zinc”.

One of the thieves’s hands was apparently cut when they tried to remove part of the “zinc” in order to enter the centre’s administration office.

Footprints were also visible at the entry point where they jumped over the fence into the premises.

Police forensic experts reportedly only pitched the next morning to take finger-prints, despite regular enquiries by Pule.

Khosana disputed the statement that a forensic expert only arrived the next day.

“The issue of our fingerprint experts only atten-ding the scene on the next day is unknown to us.

“According to the report we received from them, they attended to the scene on the same day it was reported, Khosana said.”

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