Lightning-fast arrests

2011-03-09 00:00

JUST hours after they had allegedly stolen items from a house in Umtentweni, four men were arrested yesterday afternoon when the stolen items were discovered in their vehicle during a search at a roadblock.

At around 3 pm, the white Toyota Tazz the suspects were travelling in was stopped at the roadblock at Port Shepstone’s “confusion junction”. Warrant Officer Sidney Seaton began searching the vehicle and recovered the stolen property — an air rifle, a .38 revolver, a toy gun, ammunition, jewellery, ID documents, passports, clothing, DVDs, a television, cellphones and a laptop.

It was only at this point that a report was received over the radio of a complainant who had arrived home in Umtentweni to discover that his house had been broken into. A speedy investigation revealed that the property in the car belonged to the complainant.

The owners of the house had not been home during the day.

The four men were arrested and questioned by police.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SA Police Force in Port Shepstone confirmed that the suspects were linked to other housebreakings. They will appear in court tomorrow on charges of housebreaking and theft.

At the same roadblock, two vehicles were impounded for not being roadworthy, one taxi for not having a permit and another vehicle for evidence that the vehicle numbers had been tampered with.

Twenty summonses totalling R18 250 were issued for various offences.

Brigadier Agnes Nxamagele was delighted with the positive results achieved during the surprise roadblock and the public can expect to see many more of them.

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