Strong team work leads to two arrests in Gillitts

2018-06-26 06:01

SWIFT team work by local community members and security companies led to the arrest of two alleged thieves in the Gillitts area of the Upper Highway last Friday afternoon.

Blue Security Community and Media Liaison officer Andreas Mathios said two suspects were spotted jumping over the fence of a property in Igwababa Road, in Kloof, earlier that day.

“A resident had just arrived home when the suspects jumped over her fence and opened her car door looking for valuables. Fortunately, she had taken her bag with her when she went inside the house,” Mathios said. “The suspects then jumped back over the fence and ran over the M13 towards Christmas Tree Farm.

“Patrollers from Gillitts 2, Kloof Street Patrols and security companies responded to an alert posted on a patrol Whatsapp reaction group.

“Our officer, who was driving past on his way to respond to a house alarm activation, spotted the suspects and called for back up on the scene,” Mathios said.

Mathios said an Excellerate Security Services officer responded to the scene, supported by neighbourhood watch patrollers.

“The patrollers were alerted to the spot where the Blue Security armed response officer sighted the suspect who had jumped into a garden in Blue Gum crescent where he was arrested. The other suspect fled,” Mathios said.

“A relative of one of the neighbourhood watch group patrollers spotted one of the suspects peering into his window in a neighbouring property and alerted the search party. Excellerate and Blue Security armed response officers swept the property and caught him and arrested him in Kloof Park in Longwood Road,” Mathios said.

The suspect was wearing clothes he had stolen from from a washing line in the neighbourhood. He was handed over to the SAPS who attended the scene.

— Supplied

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