House robbers arrested

2016-06-14 06:00

Ten suspected robbers were arrested in Hout Bay last week following a house robbery in Constantia on Monday 6 June.

Captain Angie Latchman, Wynberg cluster spokesperson, says a couple were rudely awakened by three men inside their bedroom at their home in Rathfelder Avenue last Monday evening.

“Seeing the suspects the complainant started to scream which then resulted in him being assaulted by the suspects. The suspects then ransacked the house and took different items before fleeing from the scene in an unknown direction.”

The suspects fled off the scene with an iPhone S6, two laptops, an iPad, two watches, jewellery, sunglasses and shopping bags filled with miscellaneous items.

Detectives with the assistance of Constantia Watch worked throughout the night and finally made a breakthrough in the early hours of the next morning at about 04:30.

“When following up on information received, they swooped upon informal dwellings in the mountain area in Hout Bay where they arrested 10 people.

“After intensive interviews with the arrested people, detectives managed to positively link two of the arrested suspects to the house robbery in Rathfelder Avenue,” explains Latchman.

“Further investigation established one of the arrested suspects on the Rathfelder Avenue house robbery was currently out on early parole on a murder case. Police have recovered a portion of the stolen items in the vicinity of the Greenbelt. One suspect is still at large,” adds Latchman.

Out of the other eight people arrested, one suspect was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The remaining seven people were profiled and released. The arrested suspects made a court appearance at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of house robbery.

The Wynberg cluster commander, Brigadier Aaron Mlenga, says the determination and commitment shown by the detectives is highly commendable. Mlenga also thanks the Constantia Watch for their continued support in the fight against crime. “The vision of creating a safe and secure environment for the community we serve, is a task that cannot be accomplished by the South African Police Service on its own, it needs the assistance and support of the community in the delivery of this vision.”

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