Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-11-23 06:00

Theft suspect arrested:

A theft suspect was arrested by members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) following a foot chase in the Verulam CBD last Wednesday.

At approximately 6:25pm a Rusa member noticed two suspects jumping over a perimeter wall leading to a supermarket and stealing two six packs of two litre cooldrinks. The officer called for back up and pursued the suspects on foot up Wick Street.

During the pursuit the suspects dropped the stolen goods. One suspect was apprehended outside a bank while his accomplice managed to evade arrest. The suspect was injured after he attempted to attack reaction officers while being restrained.

The suspect is a heroin addict and the profits from the stolen goods were going to be used to purchase drugs.

Pellet gun used to subdue suspects: Verulam

Two suspects were apprehended by the public after they attempted to break into a house on Adams Road in Lotusville, Verulam last Thursday.

At approximately 7.50am members of Rusa were dispatched to the property after receiving a call of a house break-in in progress. As reaction officers drove onto the property they found the suspects wrestling with two individuals. Officers intervened and restrained both suspects.

It was established that the Waterloo residents had jumped over a perimeter fence and were in the process of breaking into the premises when they were noticed by tenants. The tenants attempted to apprehend the suspects who resisted arrest. One suspect attempted to stab a 21-year-old man with an Okapi pocket knife. His dad drew a pellet gun and threatened to shoot the suspects who threw the knife into dense vegetation behind the property.

The suspects initially surrendered, but attempted to once again attack the father and son shortly before the arrival of Rusa officers.

One of the victim’s suffered bruising to his arms during the scuffle however he did not require medical attention.

Suspect steals dog: Verulam

A six-month-old German Shepherd that was stolen from a home on Sun Crescent in Lotusville, Verulam was recovered by members of Rusa at the dead end of Todd Street in the Verulam CBD on Thursday.

At approximately 12pm reaction officers were called out to the residence after an 80-year-old man reported a suspect on his property. Upon arrival the victim explained that he was alone at home while his 72-year-old wife was selling vegetables at the Verulam Market. He noticed a man on his property and decided to scare him off.

As he approached him the suspect advanced towards the victim. The elderly man fled back into his house and contacted Rusa for assistance. It was established that the suspect had stolen the couple’s pedigree German Shepherd, Rex and fled through a bush behind their home.

The victim provided officers with a description of his pet. Reaction officers conducted a search and Rex was found tied to a pole near the Verulam Train Station. He was brought to Rusa headquarters where he was reunited with his owners.

The elderly couple complained that their home was targeted by criminals ever since their children had relocated to other cities. On a previous occasion their chickens were stolen from their property.

The couple did not want to register a criminal case.

Ex-con apprehended for attempted theft of motor
vehicle: Verulam

An ex-convict was arrested by members of Rusa after he attempted to steal a vehicle from the parking lot of a shopping centre in Verulam on Thursday.

A Rusa officer who was on patrol heard a car alarm go off in the parking lot of the supermarket. Upon investigation he noticed a suspect attempting to lever the door of a Fiat Uno with a claw hammer. Upon noticing the Rusa member the suspect abandoned the theft and fled the parking lot on foot.

A foot chase ensued resulting in the suspect fleeing into a dense bush in an attempt to evade arrest. Back-up reaction officers responded, entered the bush and apprehended the suspect. He was found in possession of the handle of the hammer which had broken off.

During an interview the 35-year-old Ndwedwe resident explained that he was dropped off by his accomplice who was driving a silver VW Polo.

He was a habitual criminal and released from Westville Prison towards the latter part of last year after he served a six month sentence for house break-in.

Reaction officers were forced to release the suspect after the owner of the vehicle refused to register a criminal case against him.

Brake failure leads to crash: Verulam

Members of Rusa were dispatched to Alhambra Drive in Sana Township, Verulam after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident on Saturday.

Upon arrival an Opel Kadette was found to have collided into a perimeter fence of a bed and breakfast.

According to the driver the brakes on his vehicle failed as he cornered a bend. In an attempt to avoid running over a pedestrian he engaged his handbrake which caused the vehicle to swerve off the road and knock into the fence.

The occupants of the vehicle which included a three year old girl were not injured in the accident.

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