Symcox pats police on the back

2011-12-23 00:00

FORMER Proteas spinner Pat Symcox has welcomed the arrest of seven men linked to his house robbery. Symcox and his wife, Liz, were robbed at their Mtwalume beach home a month ago.

“It’s great news. It shows that with good policing it is possible to catch these criminal elements,” he said. Symcox said he had also worked on the investigation. “I did a lot of ground work and passed on the information to the police. I must commend Lieutenant Colonel Kobus Barnard and his TRT team for their dedication and hard work in getting these guys arrested.”

The arresting officers were Sergeant Lucas Zulu, Constable Gary Govender, Constable Timothy King and Constable Melvin Newell from the Port Shepstone Tactical Response Team (TRT).

The men were arrested on Wednesday. Two were arrested in Mtwalume and five others in Seaview in Durban.

A revolver with four rounds of ammunition, a laptop and a computer modem were also recovered during the arrests.

Two of the suspects are linked to two other cases of theft and common robbery.

Police are investigating if the suspects are also connected to other crimes.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said, “It once again proves that police often, during the course of investigation, encounter numerous incidents where repeat offenders are responsible for crimes.”

All seven suspects are between the ages of 20 and 25. They are due to appear in court soon.

“The arrests are welcomed as the perpetrators are no longer roaming around in the area seeking opportunities to commit more crime,” Wiid added.

“So often we see that the police arrest these guys and then they are let out on bail. The courts need to deny them bail so that this violence can be eradicated from society,” said Symcox.

At the time of the robbery, Symcox was awoken by his dog barking at 2 am. He went to the bathroom and when he came out he was face to face with an intruder. The intruder had taken the rifle from his bedside while Liz was asleep in the room.

After seeing Symcox, the intruder fled through a small open window. His storeroom was broken into. The robbers gained access to his property through a small hole in the electric fence and entered the house through a small window that didn’t have burglar bars.

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