Another ‘five minute’ break-in?

2008-05-27 00:00

Another housebreaking believed to have been carried out by the "five-minute gang" was reported in Winterskloof on the weekend. Guns and a laptop and other valuables were stolen from a house in Arlington Crescent in the early hours of Saturday.

The same modus operandi used by the gang was used during the robbery.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the break-in occurred at 3.15 am while the occupants were away.

"The suspects derailed the sliding gate and forced open the locked front door with a crow-bar. Inside the house they opened a safe and removed four firearms."

A neighbour called the police when he heard the noises, but the gang had fled when the police arrived just five minutes later.

In Gauteng, the police arrested six members of a hijacking syndicate, including a Metro police officer. Police also recovered a stolen vehicle, cellphones and laptops to the value of R1,9 million and R120 000 cash. All suspects appeared in the Kempton Park and Pretoria magistrates’ courts.

According to Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo, police spotted a suspicious vehicle with a police blue light and uniformed Metro officers and tried to stop it.

"Two members of the North West provincial task team noticed a Citi Golf travelling on the Sandton Road with two people dressed in Metro police uniforms in front and two civilian passengers at the back".

Naidoo said the police’s suspicions were arroused by the ill-fitting blue light. He said the manner in which it was placed seemed amateurish. He said the SAPS ordered the driver to stop, but he he drove off. A chase ensued, leading to a shootout.

The police arrested driver Thabo Sebola, while another suspect fled into the nearby bushes.

"The two passengers in the back of the car were unharmed, but their hands were bound … They immediately informed the police that they were hi-jack victims … "

It emerged later that the R120 000 was money generated from the sale of stolen items.

An investigation around the hi-jacking resulted in the arrest of five suspects.

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