Man held over Petros burglary

2011-06-26 22:18
Johannesburg - A Mamelodi man has been arrested for burgling the Bryanston home of Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, police said on Sunday.

"The swift arrest of one suspect in connection with the case of General Petros underlines our commitment to deal with such criminality with utmost effectiveness," National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele said on Sunday.

The 27-year-old man was arrested while allegedly breaking into another home in Bryanston on Saturday night, said Brigadier Neville Malila.

He was with other men who ran away when the police arrived, he said.

They left their getaway car outside the house. It was found to contain items stolen during both burglaries.

The man would appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Burglars broke into Petros's home on Friday, stealing a plasma television screen and other appliances. He was not at home at the time, but his wife was. The burglars fled when she activated the alarm.

Police said the burglary was not linked to a weekend break-in at the home of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

On Saturday night, Selebi's house in Waterkloof, Pretoria, was burgled.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said burglars lifted the gate off its rail to gain entry into the house.

He said the thieves took a plasma television set, a laptop and foreign coins.

Selebi was not at home at the time, but his wife arrived to find a Volkswagen Golf parked outside at 18:30.

No arrests had been made.

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