THREE suspects arrested in separate incidents for possession of suspected stolen property in Tongaat, appeared briefly at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on August 21. The first arrest was made at the Tongaat bus rank where the suspect (18) was found in possession of a white and silver iPhone on August 20. SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “SAPS Tongaat Crime Prevention members Sergeant Singh and his team were on routine patrols at Tongaat bus rank when they noticed a suspicious 18 year old male.” Police searched him and found in his possession a white and silver I phone. Ngwane added: “On questioning he failed to give purchase and reasonable explanation. He was then arrested for possession of property suspected to be stolen and was detained at SAPS Tongaat Police cells.”In another separate incident, SAPS Tongaat Crime Prevention members Warrant Officer M Chetty and his team were patrolling at Rajkumars Informal settlement when they noticed two men walking suspiciously on August 20.The police stopped the suspects and searched them. They discovered that the bag was full of cutlery. Ngwane said: “Upon questioning they failed to give proof of purchase and reasonable explanation. Both suspects aged 18 and 20 were arrested and detained at SAPS Tongaat for possession of suspected stolen property.“We are appealing to our community to say no to stolen goods and close the market for stolen goods.”Ngwane warned the public to refrain from purchasing goods obtained in illegal manner as it motivates criminals to repeat their actions. “It is a crime and punishable by law to be in possession of stolen goods. Our community should reject and report any goods which are suspected to be stolen to the police. Let us all break the chain of crime and invest in safer South Africa.”The station commander Colonel Santha Moodley commended members for conducting stop and search crime prevention strategy. Residents can call crime stop number on 08600 10111 to report cases or visit nearest police station. - Supplied.