Police praised for arrests

2018-06-12 06:01

Local police have been praised for their dedication following the four arrests they made shortly after returning from a successful operation in the neighbouring Woodstock.

On Thursday 7 June at about 13:00, officers of the Maitland Police Crime Prevention Unit had just returned from cluster-driven Operation Fiela in Woodstock, which started at 03:45, and decided to conduct vehicle patrols in Voortrekker Road.

While patrolling, the officers saw suspicious-looking people at the corner of Colin and Voortrekker roads.

Each of the suspects were seen carrying power tools and walking towards a white Toyota Tazz parked next to a pawn shop.

The police officers approached the vehicle and started questioning the occupants.

The driver told the police he was a mechanic and owned some of the tools – construction jackhammers and other loose tools – but said the power tools belonged to an unnamed person in Stikland.

Police swiftly followed up on the information and made contact with a hiring company that confirmed the power tools had been stolen from its client in Bellville and that he had opened a case of theft at the local police station.

The suspects were then informed that they were in possession of suspected
stolen property and were arrested.

The suspects were detained at the Maitland Police Station and appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday (Monday 11 June).

Police management thanked Sergeant Johannes van Rooyen, Sergeant Nathaniel Cupido, Constable Randall George and Constable Rudy Strachan of the Maitland Crime Prevention Unit for their commitment and dedication to fighting crime and bringing perpetrators to book.

The total value of the stolen property is estimated to be at R25 000.

In a separate incident, Maitland police officer Sergeant Allistair Whiteman was patrolling in Essex Street, Maitland at about 18:05 on Friday 1 June when he
spotted a vehicle belonging to a notorious drug dealer in the area.

On seeing the police vehicle, the occupant of the vehicle appeared to be putting something in his mouth.

Sergeant Whiteman went on to search the man and discovered a packet containing 43 mandrax tablets.

He was arrested and faces charges of possession of mandrax.

The 28-year-old suspect reportedly appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail.

Police say investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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