Burglars break into the house of police boss Petros

2011-06-25 18:35

Security measures at ­Gauteng police boss Mzwandile Petros’ house will be ­investigated after a ­burglary on Friday night while his family was inside the house.

Petros’ spokesperson, Colonel Neville Malila, said the former head of the Western Cape police was at work when the ­incident took place at around 7pm.

His wife and children were inside their Bryanston, Joburg, home at the time but no one was hurt.
His wife sounded the alarm when she heard the thieves, who climbed over a wall and broke down the wooden front door, 702’s Eyewitness News reported.

The front gate was also damaged.

“A plasma TV and other electrical ­equipment were stolen,” Malila said.

More than 20 vehicles were parked in front of the house early yesterday while ­detectives searched for clues, Eyewitness News reported.

The investigation at the scene was ­completed by midday yesterday and the formal investigation had started, Malila said.

At the time of writing, no one had been arrested in connection with the break-in.

“It seems no one is immune to crime,” said the head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, adding that there had been two ­attempted burglaries at his own Joburg home yesterday morning.

The electric fence at his Erasmia home was cut in a number of places and his son’s car was damaged.

The security beams were set off and the burglars fled the premises.

Abramjee said police told him there were seven attempted break-ins on his street on Friday night.

» Petros is not the first prominent crime fighter to fall victim to crime in Joburg.

In 2007, Firoz Cachalia, the then ­Gauteng MEC of safety and security, and his wife, Nazira, were attacked by armed men while they were walking at ­Emmarentia Dam. They were robbed but not injured.

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