Police station burglaries: man arrested

2015-06-04 08:34
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THERE was a major breakthrough on Tuesday afternoon when a man was arrested for last month’s spate of ­burglaries at the Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station.

After the detective branch was ­burgled twice last month, Pietermaritzburg detectives in conjunction with the city’s tracing team joined together to form a task team and launched a full-scale intelligence operation to find the culprits.

There was a breakthrough in the case on Tuesday afternoon when the team traced a man to the Edendale ­area.

The man was arrested after a laptop and two desktop computers stolen from the station were found in his possession.

He will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The first burglary took place in the early hours of Thursday, May 14, when the burglars apparently broke through a window of the building to gain access into three offices at the station.

In that burglary, multiple police sources who could not be named said two computers and a laptop were ­stolen.

They said they believed the incident to be an inside job and suspected a fellow policeman might be behind the burglaries.

Last month, brazen burglars broke the coded security gate to gain entry into the station for the second time on Sunday, May 17.

In this incident, the burglars managed to break through the main security gate and then entered the building through a small window above the door behind the security gate.

However, upon the arrest of the ­suspect on Tuesday, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said it was definitely not an inside job as the man was “a member of the public”.

Ngobese said Pietermaritzburg cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni commended the team for a job well done

Read more on:    police  |  pietermaritzburg  |  burglary

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

'ANC’s NEC must quit'

2016-10-23 06:00

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.