Thieves in hot water

2015-07-14 06:00

A man and a boy were both detained at the Muizenberg police station after they were found in possession of a stolen geyser.

The suspects are aged 16 and 20 years and are both residents of Overcome Heights informal settlement. The arrest was made on Thursday last week after a resident alerted police to the suspects.

Captain Stephen Knapp, spokesperson of Muizenberg police station, says the arrests were made after sector 3 manager Constable Shaun Mostert was contacted by a member of the local neighbourhood watch and informed of two suspicious persons carrying what appeared to be a geyser in the Marine Estate area.

“Officers followed up on the information and located the suspects in Prince George Drive, in possession of a hot-water cylinder,” he says.

Knapp says after an intensive investigation and questioning, it was discovered that the geyser had been ripped from the ceiling of a residence in Yarmouth Road in Marine Estate.

The suspects gained entry into the home after forcing open a sliding door.

The suspects were charged for possession of stolen goods as well as a house break-in.

In a separate incident two men were arrested for being in possession of a suspected stolen car and driving with false number plates.

The arrest was made on Wednesday last week at about 17:30 when the Muizenberg police crime prevention unit held a vehicle checkpoint in Vrygrond Avenue.

Knapp says a routine check of a white VW Fox showed that the registration and licence disc numbers were not corresponding.

“The driver of the car, a 37-year-old man from Lansdowne, could not provide the police with a reasonable explanation and was subsequently arrested, along with a 35-year-old occupant of the car,” he says.

Both suspects were detained at Muizenberg police station on charges of possession of a suspected stolen car and driving with false number plates.

Colonel Ismail Daniels, station commander of Muizenberg police, reiterated the vital role that neighbourhood watches play in the fight against crime and encouraged the community to continue providing information to police. “It is only with their help and support that meaningful successes can be achieved,” he says

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