Bad days for robbers

2015-06-02 06:00

BLUE Security armed response officers and a local community watch group were responsible for several separate arrests in the Upper Highway area over the past week.

Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson said the latest arrest took place at 10.15pm last Sunday when an officer responded to a panic alarm in Shortlands Avenue in Hillcrest.

“A burglar was inside the resident’s house in the TV lounge and made a noise that woke her up. She went to investigate and spotted the alleged burglar running out of the house with her handbag,” he said.

“She immediately pressed her panic button and our officer responded where he chased and arrested the alleged burglar and recovered the handbag and cellphone,” he said.

He was handed over to the Hillcrest SAPS.

Jackson said an earlier arrest followed after a vigilant Kloof resident reported suspicious activity in Buckingham Road in Kloof at 1.40am on Friday.

“When our officer responded to the scene, the resident said she heard noises coming from her neighbour’s property. Our officer went to the next-door property and spotted an alleged housebreaker running away,” he said.

Jackson said the officer then chased and arrested him in Quinton Smyth Road with the assistance of local community watch members.

“The alleged housebreaker was in possession of stolen items including a cellphone, a kitchen knife, a screw driver and a torch. He was handed over to the police,” he said.

In a third arrest an armed response officer came to the rescue of a woman who was robbed in Mill Road in Hillcrest at 5.44am on Wednesday.

“Two men mugged the woman of her handbag and fled the scene, but our officer chased and arrested one of the men and recovered the handbag,” he said.

Hillcrest SAPS attended the scene of the crime and took the suspect into custody.

Jackson said an armed response officer had also arrested an alleged trespasser who had tried to steal a battery from a vehicle parked on a business premises in Gillits Road last week.

“He had arrived on a scooter and was allegedly trying to steal a car battery, but fled and jumped into a neighbouring property when he realised that a security guard had seen him. Our officer found him hiding behind a tree, arrested him and took him back to the scene of the crime,” he said. He was handed over to Pinetown SAPS. - Supplied

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