Four burglars jailed

2019-07-10 06:01

Four burglars found guilty of a spate of house break-ins in Bayswater, Bloemfontein, were each sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the Bloem­fontein Regional Court.

The guilty are Robert Nkuna (30), Armando Chauke (30) from Mozambique, Dish Mashaba (35) and Isaac Mahlaole (28) from Phahameng, Bloemfontein.

They were all sentenced on 28 June after being found guilty of house breaking and theft.

According to police findings, the accused targeted the Bayswater area. They reportedly entered into the houses while the occupants were asleep to steal valuable household items such as plasma screens, laptops, computers and jewellery.

Const. Peter Kareli, provincial police spokesperson, said the Bayswater community were terrorized by the four suspects during November 2017.

In that period six cases of break-ins at private properties in Bayswater were reported. The men reportedly resided in one of the informal settlements of Bloemfontein.

Kareli said the accused were kept in custody until their sentencing.

He said the breakthrough in the spate of burglaries followed the arrest of the four accused, leading to recovery of some of the stolen goods.

The value of the goods the burglars stole was not disclosed.

Maj.Gen. Jones Qhobosheane, deputy provincial commissioner: crime detection, said the harsh sentencing of the four thieves sends a strong message that house break-ins remains one of the serious crimes and the police were determine dealing with perpetrators.

”This will prove that cases such as housebreak-ins are as seriously regarded as other reported crime.

“The community is advised not to lose hope when suspects are not arrested immediately after such incidents have been reported.

“It may seem like nothing is being done, but our investigators are busy following leads,” said Qhobosheane.


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