Arrested after rooftop chase

2016-04-28 09:39
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Pietermaritzburg - A notorious burglar tried in vain to outwit and outrun police by leaping from roof to roof in a bid to make good his escape on Tuesday night.

But he failed and was nabbed by his pursuers in Havelock Road later that night.

The man, allegedly linked to several cases of housebreaking, robbery and theft in the Lincoln Meade and Hayfields areas, was traced to his hideout in Havelock Road by members of the Combined Action Team (CAT) and Alexandra Road police detectives.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police had been on the hunt for the man — believed to be in his 20s — for quite some time when they received information about his whereabouts on Tuesday.

When the team of policemen burst through the door of the Havelock Road hideout at about 10 pm, the man leapt through the window and scaled the wall onto the roof. He then began jumping from one rooftop to another.

However, he was outsmarted by police who cordoned off the area, creating a ring around the neighbouring properties to trap him.

Ngobese said the man is suspected of recently robbed an elderly couple, stealing their laptop, cellphones and cash before escaping with their vehicle.

It is also suspected the man, who lives in Lincoln Meade, had also recently robbed his neighbours of laptops and cellphones before escaping with clothes belonging to their son.

“In both these cases, the house occupants fought with him and he sustained injuries,” Ngobese said.

According to a police source, the robber is allegedly part of a three-man gang who also robbed the house of a police captain.

Ngobese said the stolen items are believed to have been sold to foreigners in the CBD.

“Most of his crimes were allegedly committed in his neighbourhood in Lincoln Meade. He normally struck during the day when nobody was home. He would allegedly take laptops, cellphones and other electrical items as well as clothes, especially shoes,” Ngobese said.

“Recently, he allegedly targeted elderly people and would threaten them with a knife. He allegedly injured two elderly people who tried to ward him off in a recent robbery. The vehicle that he took was found abandoned in town.”

A police source described the suspect’s hideout as “a cave” of Whoonga addicts and foreigners. “There were about 15 people living together in the house and this man was staying in a room with several other people. He had nothing in his possession at the hideout, but we did find suspected stolen property at his Lincoln Meade residence.”

“We believe he is linked to about seven or eight cases and has two accomplices, one of which we have apprehended as well.”

The suspect is expected to appear in court shortly.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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