Suspects arrested before burglary was reported

2011-08-10 00:00

A QUICK response by Port Shepstone police officers resulted in a burglary being solved before it was even officially reported.

A Southport farmer arrived home on Sunday evening and found that his house had been broken into. The burglars left with valuable belongings and two firearms.

The farmer decided to report the matter to the police station and, much to his surprise, learned that police officers may have already arrested the suspects.

According to a police report, Sergeant Carel Beetge and Constable Zandiswe Ngcobo received information that two men had been spotted with a large amount of money at a tavern in the Magoso area.

The police officers, eager to investigate the tip-off, headed to the tavern. They requested assistance from officers in the K9 unit.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the two patrons were found in possession of a firearm, a substantial amount of money and clothing.

“An inquiry on the police computer system revealed that the firearm belonged to a farmer in the area,” said Wiid.

The men were arrested and taken to the police station while the police officers hurried to the farm, fearing that it had been robbed.

On their way to the farm, the farmer contacted the police and reported the break-in.

The farmer said he and his family had been out for the evening and on arrival back home found that the gate had been forced open and the door broken.

Meanwhile Detective Warrant Officer Marc John and other officers interrogated the two men and found two more guns and another cellphone and that more cash was hidden in the bushes near a river.

The suspects will appear in court on charges of housebreaking, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and possession of stolen property.

Wiid said, “The policemen involved in this case must be praised for their quick response and arrest of the suspects.

“The swift recovery of the firearms was vital as the perpetrators could have committed more robberies and used the weapons.”

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