‘Serial criminal’ arrested for burglaries, theft

2015-08-18 06:00

Pinelands police had a breakthrough last week when they arrested a suspect who is linked to four crimes in the area.

The 25-year-old man is linked to two house burglaries and two cases of theft. Police say they are happy that, though there has been an increase in the number of house burglaries, they have arrested the suspect.

As the investigation continues they hope the suspect will be linked to other crimes in the area (“House burglaries are on the rise”, People’s Post, 11 August).

With the increase in the number of burglaries police increased its manpower and patrols in the times that were of great concern.

Constable Thabo Nqweniso and Sergeant Kortze Tertius arrested the suspect while they were on patrol in North Way after the suspect matched the description of the thief they were looking for.

The suspect appeared in the Goodwood Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday last week and still remains in custody.

Captain Anton van de Berg says they are really grateful to the Pinelands neighbourhood watch in helping with the arrest.

“We are happy with the cooperation that we got from the residents. It makes work much easier because without their assistance we wouldn’t have made the arrest. We continue to ask them to be on the lookout for any suspicious people in the area and be quick to report it. Police will also continue to do their patrols,” he says.

After the arrest a few of the stolen goods were recovered in Cape Town. A laptop, cellphone and an iPad were recovered in a shop. The shop owner was arrested as he didn’t have a certificate to trade in second-hand goods

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