Crafty crooks whip cops’ computers from station

2015-05-14 10:40
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BRAZEN burglars broke into the Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station’s detective branch in the early hours of yesterday morning and stole two computers and a laptop.

To reach their booty, the burglars are believed to have slipped through a number of secure gates, between midnight and 3 am yesterday morning.

Three offices on the second floor of the building were broken into and were yesterday afternoon cordoned off and being scanned for fingerprints.

A police source who could not be named said he believed the burglary was an inside job.

He said the burglars had managed to slip through the first gate which requires an entrance code and thereafter a number of secure gates.

“I have no clue how they got inside the building,” said the source.

“I have a strong suspicion that this was an inside job. They knew exactly what they were doing.”

He said although it might have been an inside job, he suspected the three offices that were broken into where not chosen for any special reason and was a “random hit”.

“This doesn’t appear to have been a burglary to gain any information from the detectives in the building.

“The offices were hit at random and the computers and laptop that were stolen were general computers everyone used.

“They didn’t have any information related to cases on them.”

Another police source who would not be named said half the second floor of the station had been cordoned off as police searched for evidence that could lead them to the thieves.

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of house-breaking of a business had been opened by the Pietermaritzburg SAPS.

He said only one laptop, the laptop charger and a bag had been stolen from the building and nothing else.

“It is suspected that the entry was gained through the window,” he said.

He said investigations were on-going by Pietermaritzburg SAPS and no arrests had been made

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