Burglary suspect in court

2011-05-18 00:00

SUSPECTED housebreaker Thabo Ndlovu was arrested by the Port Shepstone police after he allegedly attempted to break into a house in the Uvongo area between Shelly Beach and Margate on Sunday.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said Ndlovu allegedly broke the windows of the targeted home and attempted to gain entry.

When the alarm system went off the suspect escaped just after the security company contracted by the home owner had seen him.

Wiid said that when the owner arrived she found the security officers on the premises.

“They explained to her that they had responded to an alarm report and on investigation they discovered that some windows were broken in the house,” said Wiid.

“They described the suspect to the police and other police were alerted of the matter. A few minutes later the man was spotted by officers who were in a reaction vehicle in Shelly Beach and he was arrested.”

She said the suspect sustained a cut on his back — presumably when he tried to climb through the broken window.

On Monday Ndlovu appeared at the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court and the case was remanded for seven days for further investigation to ascertain if he can be linked to other crimes.

The area has been the target of numerous burglaries and police had reported that early in January there were eight break-ins.

Following the break-ins, Wiid said the police were looking into the possibility that they were dealing with repeat offenders.

This emerged after more than 800 prisoners were released on parole in the Port Shepstone and Scottburgh areas in December 2010.

Wiid said the police are busy with an in-depth analysis of the cases and are working on possible linkages.

Uvongo Community Crime Forum chairperson Ernest Booysen said housebreaking in the area is still an issue of concern.

He said that this month they had fewer incidents than in the past two months.

“The past two months were a nightmare. At one stage we had three to four cases in one night. At least this month the crime has dropped by at least 50%.

“However, I can’t say we are winning because you’ll never know when they’ll hit you again,” said Booysen.

He said the four burglary-related arrests last month might have contributed to the decline in break-ins.

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