Lincoln Meade’s night security nabs thieves in action

2008-02-23 00:00

A MAN believed to be the kingpin of a crime syndicate that has been targeting Lincoln Meade was shot trying to escape during a botched robbery.

The man, believed to be behind a spate of robberies in the area, is under police guard in hospital after he was shot by security guards at a building site from which he allegedly tried to steal tiles.

Two men sneaked into the construction site at 4.30 am yesterday and attempted to steal building tiles, but Marine Patrol Security owner Suren Bramdeo and head of security Shayne Ticka were watching.

“We told them to stop, but they did not stop. Instead one of them reached for something in his pocket. When we fired a warning shot, he jumped over the fence,” said Bramdeo.

The guards fired more shots, but the thieves disappeared into the bush. Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the police were called and the dog unit responded quickly.

“Police caught one man who was wounded [and] the one escaped. Stolen cellphones were found in his possession.”

Bramdeo said the man is suspected to have been involved in other break-ins in the area.

“A lot of fingers are pointing at him; the cellphone and the wallet found in his possession are evidence that he is the kingpin of the crime syndicate in the area.

“Every second day there is a break-in the area, but we will fight crime with everything that we’ve got.”

Bramdeo said co-operation between the police, security companies and the neighbourhood watch assist in stopping crime in the area.

In January, another arrest was made by the neighbourhood watch in the area and several robberies were prevented.

Lincoln Meade residents who have joined the neighbourhood watch are working around the clock in the fight against crime.

Wayne Janniker, neighbourhood watch member, said they work in shifts.

“We patrol the area throughout the night. Residents work in shifts. We use crime statistics to determine hot spots and we have been able to arrest and stop break-ins as they were about to happen.”

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