Alleged whoonga gang linked to Crestholme burglaries

2015-12-08 06:00

IN a joint effort with a private investigator a whoonga house break-in gang is believed to be behind a spate of burglaries in the Crestholme area in recent months.

Blue Security special projects manager, Stephen Wimborne, said the company had hired a private investigator who traced the alleged burglars to a whoonga gang in Molweni. He said house break-ins have been rampant in Woodbush, Woodlands and Bridalvale roads despite strong visible policing and earlier arrests.

“We had made several arrests in the area over the months, but were concerned that the house break-ins had persisted with residents being hit more than once in some cases,” he said.

“We approached a local private investigator and got him onto the case. He worked with the SAPS K9 unit to stake out the area and within weeks managed to obtain information that led them to a gang of three alleged whoonga addicts who were operating as housebreakers in the area.

“He discovered that the gang would break into the houses early in the morning, grab valuables such as tools, laptops and televisions, that they would then sell to taxi drivers who passed through the area.”

Wimborne said one of the gang members was arrested and taken to the Hillcrest Police Station for questioning before being released on a stern warning.

Crestwatch Neighbourhood Watch vice-chairman Travis Goveia said the number of house break-ins had dropped dramatically since the arrest.

“We hope this latest arrest and warning sends a strong message to the gang and to other criminals that they cannot expect to operate here with impunity and not be tracked to their homes to face the consequences.

“We will continue to work together with security companies and the police, employing the necessary resources to ensure that criminals are brought to book,” he said. - Supplied.

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