Crime crop in Pinelands

2017-05-30 06:01
The roadblock in Pinelands on Friday evening.

The roadblock in Pinelands on Friday evening.

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Police operations saw eight suspects aged 24 to 29 arrested and 39 fines totaling up to R20 000 issued for motorists in Pinelands this weekend.

Suspects included five wanted criminals that were identified during a joint operation conducted by different law enforcement departments on Friday. Their crimes ranged from theft, possession of drugs, possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking at houses and businesses.

According to police spokesperson Constable Lorencial Johnson, they were found when the police searched the crime hot spots in Pinelands, and they were linked to their cases through fingerprint identification. He says two other suspects were arrested by traffic officers for drunken driving and the other one was found with dagga during a roadblock. All the suspects were expected to appear at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The operation was a partnership that included Pinelands police, Metro Police, Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement and members from the Cape Town Cluster Task Team together with the help of 30 trainees from the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services. It involved raids and a roadblock set up along Jan Smuts Drive. Fines were issued to drivers who committed offences ranging from unlicenced vehicles, driving without a valid driver’s licence and failing to renew a license.

. In another incident Mowbray police arrested two women and a man for illegal trade in marine resources after they were found with abalone stored in plastic bags and containers at a house in Monticlaire Road on Sunday morning. The abalone is estimated at a street value of R2.8m and were all ­confiscated.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana says: “Officers were alerted to an explosion at the address by a neighbour. Upon their arrival they found a man and woman, both 53, suffering from burn wounds. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

“A 52-year-old woman, who was also in the house, was arrested. Police conducted an investigation on the scene and found plastic containers and buckets containing abalone.

“Three suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court, once charged. Protecting our marine resources remains at the core of the police’s mandate.”

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