Prison for car thief

2016-06-14 06:00

A suspect – who was charged with business burglary and theft of a motor vehicle – has been sentenced to five years imprisonment thanks to the good work of the Kirstenhof police.

The suspect appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where he was found guilty on Tuesday 24 May and he was sentenced on Friday 3 June.

On 3 November 2014 a burglary and theft of motor vehicle occurred at Pengelly Motors, Pollsmoor Road.

The incident occurred during load shedding and the business premises’ alarm was deactivated.

The suspects gained entry through a bathroom window where various items were taken.

The keys of various vehicles were locked away in the safe which was forced open with screwdrivers, and three motor vehicles were taken as well.

Later the same day one of the cars was found abandoned in Steenberg.

The investigating officer then requested the tracking information of the recovered vehicle.

Sergeant Deidre Solomon, spokesperson of Kirstenhof police, says further investigation led detectives to a house in Seawinds and a possible suspect was identified.

“The residence was visited where the alleged suspect allowed the officers to search what he said was his bedroom,” she says.

No items were found.

The detectives then took the suspect in for further questioning and it was later discovered that he was residing in the back of the house the officers had visited that day.

“The officers returned and searched the room and discovered the items that were stolen from Pengelly Motors. Only one other car was recovered.”

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