Break-in at crime unit’s offices

2015-07-21 09:27
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Pietermaritzburg - Premises of the national crime intelligence unit were broken into last week by brazen thieves who made off with a safe and guns.

According to police sources, an unknown number of thieves gained entry into the premises on Thursday evening last week.

The thieves made off with a R5 rifle and five handguns as well as a safe, which is said to have contained important documents.

Rumours flew on Monday as sources in the unit believed the burglary to be an inside job, however, this could not be proven.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said at this stage all they can confirm is that a case of house breaking is being investigated by provincial detectives.

Democratic Alliance shadow minister of police Dianne Kohler-Barnard was critical, saying that “this seems to be happening far too often”.

She said the crime intelligence unit is responsible for extremely sensitive information on high-end crimes.

“It could well be that those guns and contents of the safe could have been important evidence in a case against a syndicate. If so, that case will now fall apart,” she said.

Kohler-Barnard urged that the ­Independent Police Investigative ­Directorate (IPID) should investigate the matter.

“This speaks of an inside job so it must be investigated,” she said.

IFP spokesperson on police Albert Mncwango could not be reached for comment.

The burglary comes after a spate of burglaries at police stations in Pietermaritzburg.

Most recently, in May, the Pietermaritzburg police station in Loop Street was struck twice by burglars.

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