House-breaking syndicate arrested

2015-07-13 10:14
Some of the high-value items, including rare coins, found by the Combined Action Team after arresting house-breaking suspects.

Some of the high-value items, including rare coins, found by the Combined Action Team after arresting house-breaking suspects. (supplied)

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RARE coins,expensive television sets and a vintage clarinet — these were some of the things the Combined Action Team (CAT) recovered after arresting house-breaking suspects.

The CAT were hard at work in In two separate busts last Friday,the Combined Action Team (CAT)

were hard at work after arresting six suspected burglars in Allandale and Copesville.

In the first bust, the team pounced on six men in Vanker Road after intelligence was gathered from CAT member Shameel Ally that the alleged stolen goods were to be moved soon. When CAT entered the first home, which was described as a “criminal fortress” because of the many interleading indoor alleys inside the house, they found “tons” of stolen goods. “From one wall to another, there were bundles of stolen goods everywhere,” said CAT operations manager Nobin Karien.

The goods were all bundled in blankets and wrapped in tape, ready to be transported.

Three men, all foreign nationals, were arrested, after which they gave information of more stolen goods in a neighbouring property.

CAT members arrested two more foreign nationals in the second property with stolen goods in their possession.

“The first house looked like a normal family-owned house from the outside, but inside, their was a maze of indoor alleyways and more than 20 rooms,” Karien said.

Acting on another tipoff, CAT members then directed their attention to a property in Copesville where they arrested one man, believed to be linked to house-breakings in Oribi and Bishopstowe.

Valuable rare coins, a vintage clarinet and cameras were among some of the items recovered.

Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese commended the team members yesterday. “We really appreciate the partnership between CAT and the police in the united fight against crime,” Ngobese said

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