Stolen iPad leads cops to guards

2013-05-22 00:00

INSTEAD of watching over the cars they were hired to protect, four men allegedly took the opportunity to break into the vehicles and steal their contents.

The vehicles, belonging to participants in the Sani2c cycle race, were parked at the Scottburgh High School grounds for the duration of the participants’ stay in Scottburgh.

An iPad, two watches, two jackets and a hat were taken from one of the vehicles broken into on Saturday.

The owner of the items, a Johannesburg rider, managed to trace the iPad the following day.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said officers were led to an address in Umzinto, where they nabbed Kevin Govender (25), Larry Latchman (28), Jeremiah Pillay (19) and Kelvin Pillay (24), who had been employed as car guards.

Investigations led police to arrest Satter Negm (38), for allegedly receiving stolen property. The stolen iPad was allegedly recovered from Negm.

Police arrested Lindokuhle Mnguni at Sanathan informal settlement in the centre of Umzinto for allegedly receiving stolen property. He allegedly sold one of the stolen jackets to a taxi driver.

Zwane said the taxi driver was also arrested and the jacket recovered. He was released on R1 500 bail.

The other six accused appeared in court on Monday and were remanded in custody.

Zwane said Detective Warrant Officer Peter Hattingh had received calls from Sani2c participants from as far afield as Bloemfontein and the Western Cape complaining of thefts from vehicles.

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