Stolen motorbikes recovered swiftly

2017-08-18 13:45
Sergeant Ndumiso Zuma hands over one of the recovered motorbikes to motorbike enthusiast Matthew “Bushy” Mckelvey and his daughter, Abby Mckelvey, at the SAPS Vehicle Theft Unit in Mkhondeni.

Sergeant Ndumiso Zuma hands over one of the recovered motorbikes to motorbike enthusiast Matthew “Bushy” Mckelvey and his daughter, Abby Mckelvey, at the SAPS Vehicle Theft Unit in Mkhondeni. (Nompilo Kunene)

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LOCAL motorbike enthusiast Matthew “Bushy” Mckelvey applauded the police for recovering his motorbike a day after it was stolen from his home.

Mckelvey told The Witness on Thursday that people broke into his garage at his home on Alexandra Road on Wednesday morning.

“We didn’t hear or see anything, which is quite strange because I am a light sleeper. We didn’t even hear our three dogs bark,” he said.

Mckelvey said when his wife woke up at 5.30 am, she noticed that their garage had been broken into and two motorbikes, a bicycle and several power tools were missing.

“We saw the garage had been forced open, and the gate was jammed and bent,” he said.

Mckelvey, who is a double-amputee and working on regaining the world record for the greatest distance ridden on a motorbike in 24 hours by an individual, said the second motorbike was not his but he was keeping it for a friend, and neither motorbike was insured.

“We called the police and they were here in three minutes. The next day I was told that the motorbikes were recovered. They sent me a message with the vehicle theft number and I was told to collect it today [yesterday] after 10 am,” he said.

Mckelvey said he was relieved that the motorbikes were found and said he was planning on upgrading the security at his home.

“I am really impressed with the super-quick response from the police.

“The recovery and release process was brief.

“We should have more faith in our police as they really do try their best to help the public,” he said.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said all the items that Mckelvey reported to be stolen were recovered in the Edendale area on Thursday morning and one suspect was arrested.

“Plessislaer detectives arrested someone who opened a false case of housebreaking and theft.

“The police became suspicious about this reported case and went to the suspect’s house and found all the items that were mentioned in Mckelvey’s docket,” said Ngobese.

He said South Cluster commander General Phumelele Makoba has commended the members of the SAPS for their swift response.

“We also encourage police officers to continue to take house robbery cases seriously as people are being robbed of their possessions that they worked very hard to purchase and we believe that this arrest of the suspect will send a strong warning to criminals,” Ngobese added.

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