Burglar caught red-handed

2016-11-15 06:00
Officers involved in the arrest of a burglar with some of the items they recovered. In front from left are constables Msawenkosi Ndzimande and Sibusiso Mahlasela. Standing are sergeants Zamekile Fufu and Allistair Whiteman.

Officers involved in the arrest of a burglar with some of the items they recovered. In front from left are constables Msawenkosi Ndzimande and Sibusiso Mahlasela. Standing are sergeants Zamekile Fufu and Allistair Whiteman.

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The safety awareness of residents in Maitland is making an impact on crime in the area.

Vigilance - through neighbours informing police of suspicious activities – is getting results. The latest incident led to the arrest of a suspected serial burglar.

In this latest incident on Thursday 3 November police were alerted to a burglary in progress at Mountain View Villas in Royal Road at 15:30.

Maitland police spokesperson Constable Lorencial Johnson explains that when officers arrived on the scene they were informed by security officers at the complex where the house break-in was taking place.

“Officers quickly learned that the flat is on the first floor and can only be accessed from behind the building,” he says. “They immediately cordoned off the area and called for backup to cover all the exits to prevent the suspected burglar from evading arrest.

“When the backup vehicle arrived, a ladder was obtained from a tenant and officers used it to get to the first floor. As they entered the flat, they immediately noticed that the trapdoor in the ceiling had been moved.

“An officer climbed through the ceiling trapdoor and found a 15-year-old hiding with a bag containing a laptop, watch, power banks and cellphones.”

Johnson adds that while the officers were processing the scene there was another development.

“Another tenant from the complex approached the officers and informed them that she discovered that her place had also been broken into when she arrived home.

“The officers discovered that some of the items found in the bag belonged to her.”

The suspect was arrested and charged with housebreaking and theft.

Johnson adds that the management of Maitland police is pleased with the officers involved with the arrest because Mountain View Villas was hit by a string of house break-ins in recent weeks.

“A search at the residence of the suspect resulted in the discovery of more suspected stolen items that were possibly taken at previous break-ins at the complex,” he says.

“Residents of the area who were victims of a break-in in recent weeks can approach Maitland police to identify items that might belong to them.

“It’s important to remember that people must provide proof of ownership and purchase to claim these items.”

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