Umzinto K9 arrests and recoveries

2016-02-03 06:00

STERLING work by Umzinto K9 unit last week resulted in arrests and recoveries. A blue Mazda 323 was stolen from Ironwood Road in Pennington on Wednesday, 27 January. The theft was reported to the Scottburgh SAPS and details of the vehicle were immediately circulated over the police radio. Shortly thereafter, members of the Umzinto K9 Unit had two suspects in custody and had recovered the vehicle.

It is alleged that a 67-year-old Pennington resident had parked the car close to Ironwood walk at about 7.55am and when she returned at 1.05pm, she discovered the car had been stolen.

Warrant Officer Brendon Rensburg and Constable Pagel Rajah of the Umzinto K9 Unit were on duty in the Umgababa area and rushed off to the N2 freeway to search for the stolen Mazda when they noticed it travelling north. They intercepted the vehicle and arrested two suspects.

The car was impounded and the arrested suspects detained until their first appearance in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 1 February on a theft of motor vehicle charge. The case is being investigated by the Port Shepstone vehicle­ identification section.

The following night, a resident in a block of flats in Marine Terrace, Scottburgh went to bed at about 9pm and awoke to lights flashing through his window at 3.30am.
He was surprised when police informed him he had been burgled. Only then did he discover that the front sliding door and bedroom door were open.

He also found that his iPhone and wallet containing various cards were missing. It transpired that the Scottburgh SAPS had received a report of a burglary in progress and informed the patrol vehicles over the police radio.

Police reservists who were deployed in the beachfront area and constables Brandon Gates and Nqoba Doncabe of the Umzinto K9 Unit immediately responded. When they arrived at the block of flats, they noticed a trash bin beneath an open window and realised that was where the burglar would have entered the flat.

Police searched for the suspect and Constable Gates’s patrol dog, Zues, followed the scent and tackled the suspect about 50 metres away in the yard. The iPhone and wallet were found in the suspect’s possession. The suspect was arrested and detained and will appear in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni conveyed her thanks and appreciation to the members who arrested the suspects and recovered the stolen vehicle, iPhone and wallet.

“It is pleasing to note that the members are alert and vigilant at such wee hours of the morning when most people are sound asleep. Criminals capitalise on the fact that, with the searing summer heat that we are experiencing, people sleep better in the cooler hours of the morning.
“A key factor in crime prevention is high police visibility, therefore, the SAPS is getting back to basics and deploying as many members as possible, out in the field,” said Ngobeni.
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