Theft suspects apprehended

2018-10-31 06:00
Armed response officer Thembinkosi Booi.Photo:SUPPLIED

Armed response officer Thembinkosi Booi.Photo:SUPPLIED

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QUICK action and the alertness of an armed response officer of a private security company, resulted in the arrest of two suspects shortly after they stole items from a shop in Belmont Terrace.

“Our monitoring centre received a panic alarm signal from the shop on Monday, October 8. The shop owner activated the alarm after two unidentified suspects were allegedly spotted stealing items from his shop,” said Ryan Britz, Port Elizabeth branch manager at Fidelity ADT.

As soon as the alarm was activated, the suspects fled from the shop.

“We use an automatic dispatch system, which means that the armed response officer closest to any alarm activation is immediately alerted and dispatched.

“Officer Thembinkosi Booi was closest to the shop and rushed to investigate,” said Britz.

The shop owner gave a detailed description of the alleged suspects to Booi, which he could use to patrol the area and try to track them down. The description was also broadcast to other officers in the vicinity.

“It didn’t take our officer long to locate two suspects who matched the description. He successfully apprehended them before they were handed over into the custody of the Humewood police.

“The shop owner later positively identified the allegedly stolen items that were found in their possession. I urge all business owners in Port Elizabeth to make sure that they have properly working security systems which are tested regularly, so that you can ensure the security of your assets and your staff,” concluded Britz.

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