Suspect arrested for possession of stolen property

2017-05-25 06:00
The car-break-in implements, vehicle computer boxes and other items found in the suspect’s car. Photo: supplied

The car-break-in implements, vehicle computer boxes and other items found in the suspect’s car. Photo: supplied

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A MAN (28), who was arrested for possession of stolen property on Wednesday 10 May, and who appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court was granted R3 000 bail on Friday, May 12.

The suspect was arrested in a joint operation by the Crime Intelligence Unit and Verulam SAPS in
the Tea Estate area at 11pm on
May 10.

The suspect was found in possession of car-break-in implements and car parts believed to have been stolen from vehicles in Verulam and Durban.

It alleged that the suspect is working with a gang involved in motor vehicle theft in Durban and areas north of Durban.

According to Verulam SAPS, the police were acting on the information received about a man driving a stolen vehicle on Inanda Road when the arrest was made.

Police spokesperson in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said the police observed Inanda Road.

“We had received information that the suspect was travelling on Inanda Road and our members kept observation.

“The police noticed a man driving a vehicle that fitted the description of a white Nissan bakkie that was suspected to have been stolen.

“He was stopped by the police. The first thing that was suspicious about the vehicle was an engine [number] that had been filed off.

“Upon further investigation the police found a black bag inside his car with motor vehicle computer boxes, transponders, ignition keys and other parts of the vehicles.

“These items belonged to different cars. At this stage it is early to tell if the car had been stolen in Verulam.

“Once the police investigation is complete we will be able to figure out where it had been stolen from.”

He was charged for possession of suspected stolen property under Section 36.

“The police also found screwdrivers and other break-in implements in the vehicle.

“Our investigation revealed that before suspects take away a vehicle, they cut off the alarm of the vehicle, disconnect the plug from the computer box and use their own decoded computer box to start a car.

“This is the modus operandi they use to steal people’s vehicles.

“Police investigations are continuing and we are optimistic that further arrests will be made soon.”

The suspect is expected to reappear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court
soon.

 

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