Hundreds queue to claim property

2016-07-26 06:00
Victims of recent burglaries line the corridors of Claremont police station in the hope of finding some of their stolen property. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Victims of recent burglaries line the corridors of Claremont police station in the hope of finding some of their stolen property. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There are some happy residents in Claremont and surrounds who have recovered their stolen property after police busted a major burglary syndicate.

Hundreds of readers responded to the People’s Post story (“Burglary syndicate bust”, 19 July) when police called on the public to view and recover items recovered.

Claremont police spokesperson Sergeant Lindile Dubeni says they were overwhelmed at the response, as victims of recent break-ins lined the corridors of the police station to view the items.

“More than 200 people turned up and 13 people positively identified their property including electrical tools and ten bicycles,” he says. “There was also a family from Hout Bay that found their stolen bike.”

There were lots of smiles as families found items that were stolen but also sadness when items were not among the stash.

The owner of a small construction company in Harfield was one of the disappointed residents who did not find his goods.

“I was so hoping that my stuff would be here. The thieves broke into a storeroom and stole most of our tools. Most of them are irreplaceable but I am still hoping that somebody will spot them at second hand shops and report them. It’s good that the police are doing this and I am glad that people are finding some of their stuff.”

Also in line hoping for recovery was Gladys Ackerman from Newlands who had some items stolen from her car. “We had some boxes of files stolen about a month ago and I’m hoping that somehow it is among this stash. I don’t know what the criminals thought it was because it was just files needed for accounting purposes and of no value but a major schlep for us.”

Dubeni points out the importance of keeping records of household items that could be stolen from their homes. “For many of the people who recovered their goods it helped that they had good records of their property. When they reported the incidents they could give us receipts or serial numbers of the items. I would advise all homeowners and businesses to store these records in a safe place.”

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