Police station burglaries: man arrested

2015-06-04 08:34
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THERE was a major breakthrough on Tuesday afternoon when a man was arrested for last month’s spate of ­burglaries at the Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station.

After the detective branch was ­burgled twice last month, Pietermaritzburg detectives in conjunction with the city’s tracing team joined together to form a task team and launched a full-scale intelligence operation to find the culprits.

There was a breakthrough in the case on Tuesday afternoon when the team traced a man to the Edendale ­area.

The man was arrested after a laptop and two desktop computers stolen from the station were found in his possession.

He will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

The first burglary took place in the early hours of Thursday, May 14, when the burglars apparently broke through a window of the building to gain access into three offices at the station.

In that burglary, multiple police sources who could not be named said two computers and a laptop were ­stolen.

They said they believed the incident to be an inside job and suspected a fellow policeman might be behind the burglaries.

Last month, brazen burglars broke the coded security gate to gain entry into the station for the second time on Sunday, May 17.

In this incident, the burglars managed to break through the main security gate and then entered the building through a small window above the door behind the security gate.

However, upon the arrest of the ­suspect on Tuesday, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said it was definitely not an inside job as the man was “a member of the public”.

Ngobese said Pietermaritzburg cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni commended the team for a job well done

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