Thieves arrested

2015-08-11 06:00

Two men, accused of targeting pensioners in Town Centre, have been arrested along with other people during an operation in Mitchell’s Plain and Gatesville.

City of Cape Town law enforcement officers arrested 16 suspects last week, including the two who were part of a gang targeting pensioners to steal their valuables and social grant cards.

Officers saturated the Town Centre and Gatesville on Monday last week. The operation also resulted in 35 fines issued worth R19 800, and the removal of 29 illegal structures.

The 16 suspects were arrested on various charges, including robbery, the sale and possession of counterfeit DVDs and CDs and malicious damage to City property. The fines issued covered a range of traffic and bylaw offences.

Officers also seized 1680 counterfeit DVDs and two dangerous weapons.

JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, says two of the suspects arrested for robbery were part of a gang of five suspects who target pensioners.

“The gang operates in and around Calypso Square in the Town Centre, robbing the elderly of their valuables, including their South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) cards. Two of the gang members were arrested, but unfortunately the other three managed to flee into the crowd,” says Smith.

Several Sassa cards were found in their possession.

In a separate incident, three men and a woman were arrested for attempting to break into the clubhouse at the Rocklands sports field.

“The saturation operation was one of a series of focused interventions to address illegal activity, bylaw offences, intimidation and serious crime,” says Smith

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