Alert guards nab thief

2016-03-18 12:30
A Red Alert guard enters a house in Boom Street where an alleged burglar was arrested on Wednesday.

A Red Alert guard enters a house in Boom Street where an alleged burglar was arrested on Wednesday. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - After being free for only four days, a Pietermaritzburg thief was hauled back into custody after dedicated work by Red Alert staff.

Fresh out of jail, after he was incarcerated for theft, the man was arrested again on Wednesday after he, along with an accomplice, allegedly broke into a Cordwalles Road home on Wednesday.

Red Alert KwaZulu-Natal regional manager Rob Anderson said the hunt for the burglars first started when they got a tip-off through their call centre that a gardener had seen two men exit a private taxi, walk into the bush near Cordwalles Road and return with a flat screen television.

After notifying the police, Red Alert staff sprang into action, hunting for the taxi the two men got into.

The private security company’s operational manager Avinash Sukai eventually spotted the vehicle opposite the Symons Centre in Boshoff Street.

The police and additional Red Alert units were called for backup, but the driver became suspicious and suddenly drove off, making a turn into Church Street before coming to a stop outside Capital Centre.

After he was questioned, the driver eventually agreed to show police where he dropped the two men off.

Anderson said during the commotion, Townhill police confirmed there had been a burglary at the Cordwalles Gardens complex earlier that day, which “presented a possible link”.

The taxi driver led authorities to a house in Boom Street where its many rooms were filled with vagrants and others who appeared to be living there.

“Three men suspiciously ran out the house but were arrested by Sukai who was out at the front with the taxi driver,” Anderson said.

One man was positively identified by the taxi driver, but the stolen television was nowhere to be seen. After he was questioned, the alleged burglar said the television was with his accomplice and led police to his whereabouts.

The TV was later recovered at the accomplice’s home but he had already fled, possibly after being tipped off. The alleged burglar and the taxi driver were arrested and taken into custody by police while the TV was taken to the Townhill police station and placed into evidence.

Anderson yesterday praised the “efforts, alertness and dedication of his proactive team”. “Regardless that this incident centred around a homeowner who wasn’t a contracted client of ours, every effort was made to effect a positive arrest and link the suspect to a crime that had been committed,” Anderson said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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