Keeping an eye on thieves

2016-09-13 06:00
Security officer Buntu Bekwa's quick action led to the apprehension of an alleged laptop thief.

Security officer Buntu Bekwa's quick action led to the apprehension of an alleged laptop thief.

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Keen eyes in the community are catching thieves in Rondebosch.

A suspect is in police custody after he allegedly stole four chairs from a property last week. His getaway was thwarted by an observant local who raised the alarm.

ADT Security received a call from one of its clients on Sunday 28 August at about 13:00 when she spotted a suspicious person in a canal behind her property along Lavenham Road.

Two patrol vehicles were dispatched to investigate.

“When our officers arrived, they found a man carrying four plastic chairs,” says ADT Security’s district manager (Cape Town South) Jade Hanning.

“He was unable to explain how he came to have the chairs in his possession. We suspect that the chairs had been stolen earlier that day,” says Hanning.

The suspect was handed over into the custody of the Rondebosch police.

“We thank the resident for raising the alarm when she saw something that looked out of place. I urge all residents of the southern suburbs to be constantly aware of what is happening around them and never to think twice about calling for help if something appears to be amiss,” concludes Hanning.

In another incident an alleged laptop thief was arrested in Rosebank, despite his best efforts to evade being apprehended.

Security personnel responded to an alarm activation from a residence in Guilford Road just before 14:00 on Thursday 1 September.

When armed response officer Buntu Bekwa arrived at the house, he met the client who told him that she had seen two suspects run from her property with her laptop bag.

“Bekwa relayed this information to our monitoring centre and asked for backup, while he started patrolling the area in search of the two suspects,” says Hanning.

“He realised that earlier close to Rondebosch Common he had driven past two men who matched the description of the two suspects, and moved back in that direction to try and catch up with them.”

When Bekwa arrived in Sawkins Road he noticed the two men and confronted them. One suspect ran away while the second man with the laptop bag remained where he was.

“Our officer asked to search the bag the suspect was carrying and found a laptop inside. It was at this point that the suspect pulled a screwdriver from his pocket and made threatening moves towards the officer,” says Hanning.

He explains that the suspect ignored repeated instructions to surrender, and tried to evade arrest by running across the common towards Klipfontein Road.

“The suspect clearly did not realise that other local security officers and patrollers had already been alerted to the events unfolding and were ready to intercept him on the other side of the common. With the help of these security colleagues, officer Bekwa was able to successfully apprehend him.”

When Mowbray police arrived at the scene, they arrested the suspect and transported him back to the house in Guilford Road where he was positively identified by the homeowner.

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