Teamwork leads to arrest of alleged thief

2017-10-04 06:00
From left are Roxanne Blaauw from the CIC, armed response officer Jody Hitzeroth and Samantha Bosch from the CIC.            Photo:SUPPLIED

From left are Roxanne Blaauw from the CIC, armed response officer Jody Hitzeroth and Samantha Bosch from the CIC. Photo:SUPPLIED

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A SUSPECT is in police custody for theft from a motor vehicle, following good teamwork between the community, police and a security company that resulted in his arrest after an incident in Parsons Hill earlier this month.

The PE Community Information Centre (CIC) received a call from a concerned citizen on September 6, reporting that she had noticed a suspicious-looking person walking in the streets of Parsons Hill.

The CIC operator contacted Fidelity ADT Security and asked that an armed response officer is deployed to investigate.

“Armed response officer Jody Hitzeroth patrolled the streets of the suburbs looking for a suspect matching the description he was given. When he noticed a person matching the description, he stopped the suspect and searched him,” said Ryan Britz, branch manager for Fidelity ADT Security in PE. A neighbourhood watch patroller also soon arrived on the scene to assist officer Hitzeroth after receiving a report about the incident from the CIC.

After further investigation it was discovered that the items found in the suspect’s possession had allegedly been stolen from a car belonging to the resident who earlier alerted the CIC.

“We are delighted with the wonderful synergy shown between all the security partners in this case. The idea behind the CIC was to create one number for all the emergencies and municipal complaints, so that responses can be coordinated in an effective manner,” said Britz.

The CIC monitoring centre is based at Fidelity ADT’s offices in PE. Operators relay all emergencies to the appropriate authorities or partners, including fires, medical emergencies, or reports of suspicious or criminal activity.

“The CIC has shown numerous positive results over the past few months and the services have even been extended to Jeffreys Bay and East London.

“I would also like to congratulate officer Hitzeroth for his vigilance and bravery in responding to this incident,” Britz added.

The suspect was handed over to the Mount Road SAPS.

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