Brick thieves cause worry

2015-08-11 06:00
A police officer inspects the place where bricks were stolen in Montagu’s Gift Road. After being reported to the police, the culprits who attempted to fill their trolley with bricks fled the scene leaving their loot behind.

A police officer inspects the place where bricks were stolen in Montagu’s Gift Road. After being reported to the police, the culprits who attempted to fill their trolley with bricks fled the scene leaving their loot behind.

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A new crime trend in Lotus River has neighbourhood watches cautioning residents.

Culprits in the Grassy Park area have caught the attention of residents and the Carola Way neighbourhood watch after they were found stealing bricks and paving blocks.

According to Carola Way neighbourhood watch chairperson Neil Jacobus, incidents over the past months are becoming more regular.

“We picked up on this trend a while ago already. It has been going on for a few months but is getting out of hand now,” Jacobus says.

He adds the thieves sell the bricks.

“There are guys that use trolleys in the area and cart it around the area. They have resorted to taking bricks from public and private property,” he explains.

R1 a pieceJacobus says the neighbourhood watch was alerted to an incident in Montagu’s Gift Road a while ago. Two men were removing bricks from the sidewalk.

“We got the message and responded immediately. When we got there we asked the men what they were doing and we told them they are vandalising public property. Then they tried to explain that the contractors working further down the road said they could take the bricks,” Jacobus says.

“So we said to them that we will go ask the contractors if it is true but that we are calling the police in the meantime. In no time the guys just disappeared and left their goods behind,” he continues.

Jacobus says the men were identified and they have an address as well.

“It is understood that these men sell the bricks off for as little as R1 a piece. This is really ridiculous if you must think how much it will cost a homeowner if they have to replace that or go through their insurance for the inconvenience,” Jacobus says.

Another resident says he witnessed men stealing bricks on a road as well.

“I told them this is not on and immediately got on my phone. They thought I was calling the police but I was alerting our neighbourhood watch. They disappeared and even left their tools behind,” he says.

Residents say they reported the incidents to the police.

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