Cops recover stolen goods

2016-02-09 12:19
Some of the items recovered from the Sirkhod Road informal settlement where a gang of burglars hid the spoils of their crimes in the northern suburbs.

Some of the items recovered from the Sirkhod Road informal settlement where a gang of burglars hid the spoils of their crimes in the northern suburbs. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Northdale residents can rest easier and many can expect to reclaim stolen items after a major police swoop on burglars who terrorised the northern suburbs.

After his arrest last Thursday, the Combined Action Team (CAT) followed up information received from “Marble Eye Two”, the nickname for the alleged mastermind behind a gang that is linked to more than a dozen cases of business and house break-ins in the northern suburbs.

The information led the team to a house in the Sirkhod Road informal settlement where they recovered more than 60 stolen items valued at about R300 000.

Marble Eye Two, who has now been identified as Siyabonga Masikane, appeared at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Starting at 8 pm on Friday, the team went to Khan Road in Allandale where the alleged gang leader pointed out a car that the gang hired to transport the stolen goods.

However, no evidence directly linked the owner of the vehicle to the crimes.

The team then made their way to the informal settlement, and after bursting through the front door of the house, found the stolen items.

According to the information provided by Masikane, the owner of the property, nicknamed “Absa”, allegedly bought the items from the gang and was storing it in an outbuilding behind his house.

CAT recovered a firearm and three live rounds, gas cylinders, CD players, amplifiers, speakers, electronics, cellphones, musical instruments, household appliances, shoes and fridges.

The team also found cash to the value of about R2 000.

Since December last year, the gang is believed to have broken into homes, religious institutions and businesses in the northern suburbs.

It is believed the gang is linked to home burglaries on Samana Road and Kingston Road as well as business burglaries at Allandale Fruit and Veg, AM Gas, Supreme Meats, Mimi’s bakery, Stop & Shop, G’s Cafe and Dial-a-Pal.

Religious organisations like the El Shaddai Minstries and the New Hope Church are also believed to have also fallen victim to the gang.

The police are expected to invite members of the public to view and reclaim the stolen items soon.

CAT executive manager Nobin Karien said the team are working hard to stop crime in the city, especially business robberies and burglaries.

“Business robberies and thefts affect business owners who keep our economy and communities sustained. We are trying to protect these business owners as some of them cannot afford to replace stolen stock. The community is also our main priority,” Karien said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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