Team bikes stolen at school

2016-11-22 06:00

A 34-year-old man has been arrested after eight bicycles were stolen from Fairmount Senior Secondary School recently.

But none of the bicycles have been recovered yet.

The bikes stolen belonged to the school’s cycling team. Thieves broke into the school and took off with the bicycles which cannot easily be replaced as they are quite expensive.

Philip Bam, spokesperson of the Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF), says the CPF denounces the theft.

“The CPF deplores this criminal action and wishes the criminals to know that they did not only steal cycles but also an opportunity for our young people to participate and excel. It is really sad when such things happen,” Bam says.

He says he is dismayed that “institutions serving our people have been consistent targets of criminal elements in our community”.

“This is just not on. There are people in our community who know about this. We appeal to them to report the whereabouts of these bicycles to the police and neighbourhood watch members in the community. Being silent, when you know who did this terrible deed, makes you complicit,” Bam urges.

He asks potential buyers of these bicycles to resist buying stolen goods as it feeds a criminal habit.

“People with a good conscience cannot remain quiet. There is no honour in buying one of these stolen bicycles as a Christmas present for your child. If we buy stolen goods, we are feeding the criminal habit of theft and disrespect for the property of others.

“Please do the right thing and be an active citizen by reporting the thieves,” Bam says.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says they have arrested a suspect.

“The sector manager of Parkwood followed up information and arrested a 34-year-old man on charges of business burglary on Monday 14 November,” Kleinsmith says.

A case of business burglary was opened for investigation, she says.

According to the school, they had locked up on Thursday 10 November at 16:00 but on Friday 11 November at 10:00 discovered the lock had been broken.

The estimated value of the bicycles is R19 200.

V If anyone has information relating to this theft, call the police station on 021 700 3905.

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