Escaped suspect tracked down

2018-10-10 06:02

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Detective officers made a breakthrough on Wednesday last week.

“With the assistance of Aliwal North Operation Command Centre, the information received was immediately followed and the arrest was effected. The suspect was arrested in the CBD in Aliwal North,” said Naidu.

“The suspect has been positively linked to the murder and robbery of an elderly woman, Ann Smit, which took place in May 2018 in Kamma Park.

“The same suspect is also linked to seven cases of housebreakings allegedly committed in the Kabega Park, Walmer and Mount Road areas. He has been linked through forensic evidence,” said Naidu.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Maj. Gen. Thembisile Patekile, has applauded all those involved in tracking down and arresting the suspect.

“It is important for police to work in close collaboration with their colleagues across the provinces in order to root out many dangerous criminal elements who move from one place to another.

“I congratulate these teams for a job well done.

“We need to snuff criminals out of our communities.

“We are tasked by our constitution to serve and protect all people within our communities and this arrest must serve as a warning to all criminals that the SAPS will find you wherever you may run,” added Patekile.

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