Library’s stolen items recovered

2019-11-26 06:00
The damage to the Retreat Library has been fixed, some equipment recovered and it has officially been reopened to the public.

The damage to the Retreat Library has been fixed, some equipment recovered and it has officially been reopened to the public.

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The reopening of the Retreat Library was met with excitement as the staff offered visitors tea and coffee on arrival on Tuesday 19 November.

The reopening of the library comes after it was vandalised on Saturday 2 November and subsequently closed the following Monday 4 November.

The thieves made off with computer equipment to the value of R138 000, according to the incident report taken by Steenberg police, in what was the 31st incident of library theft in Cape Town.

Sgt Wesley Twigg, the spokesperson for Steenberg police, confirmed that two suspects involved in the theft and vandalism were apprehended and equipment had been recovered prior to the reopening of the library.

“This office can confirm that two suspects aged 18 and 34 years old were arrested for the housebreaking and theft at the library and have appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court. Three computers and one Xbox were recovered,” he says.

At the reopening, residents were able to return their books without being issued fines and youth were able to make use of the facilities once again to study, as the examination period draws to a close.

However, the library is still short of its stolen printer.

Residents celebrated the return of the library’s equipment; excited at the prospects of hosting youth programmes at the facility in the coming months.

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