Waterfall burglar arrested

2016-05-24 06:00

A PRIVATE investigator working with Blue Security and the police have arrested an alleged suspect from a housebreak-in gang following a spate of burglaries in Waterfall in recent months.

Blue Security managing director Henk van Bemmelen said the company had engaged the services of a private investigator after its crime analysis reports revealed a high number of house break-ins in the suburb.

“We analyse the crime trends in the suburbs we protect on a daily basis and we noticed a strong surge in this category of crime in recent months. We work closely with the police to fight crime and decided to help by engaging a private investigator who could provide additional capacity and resources to investigate the housebreak-in cases in the area,” he said.

“The private investigator working with the police, obtained information regarding the whereabouts of the suspected housebreaker and the team managed to trace him to Nqetho, where he was arrested,” he said.

“He appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on charges of housebreaking and house robbery. Bail was denied and he is now awaiting trial in Westville prison,” he said.

“Stolen goods that had gone missing during house break-ins in Waterfall were recovered in his possession,” he said.

The man was believed to be operating with a gang of housebreakers and one other alleged gang member had also been arrested recently.

He said the gang had recently targeted houses in Brackenhill Road, Kundalila Road and Horseshoe Crescent in Waterfall.

“We commend the police and private investigator for their excellent work in bringing this alleged housebreaker to book and we trust that their good police work and swift action sends a strong message to criminals that their activities will not be tolerated in our neighbourhoods.
“We will continue to be vigilant to stamp out crime so that the neighbourhoods we work and play in can feel safe again,” he said. - Supplied

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