Alarm foils Hayfields roof break-in

2010-12-02 00:00

CRIMINALS tried to enter the Hayfields shopping mall through the roof in an attempted break-in during the early hours of yesterday morning.

Standard Bank customers had to wait an hour for the bank to open while police examined the crime scene.

Most customers seemed oblivious to the attempted crime; others said police members had been seen on the roof, and speculated that they were searching for suspects.

Kerry Bonafede, a spokesperson for mall owners Old Mutual Property Investments, confirmed there had been an attempted break-in at the premises of four tenants.

She said the criminals failed to steal anything and the only damage done was structural, as the criminals had broken ceiling panels.

She said this was the first attempted break-in at the mall in 12 months.

The only evidence of the break-in was damage to the ceiling of a photographic equipment store next to Standard Bank.

People at the scene, who declined to be named, said the thieves tried to enter the complex through the ceiling and had cut a number of alarm wires. However, they failed to steal anything because the alarm went off anyway.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said initial reports were that someone had been seen on the roof of the bank, but when police officers investigated, they could not find anyone.

“We found that there had been an attempted break in but nothing had been stolen. The police are investigating.”


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