Arrested after rooftop chase

2016-04-28 09:39


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - A notorious burglar tried in vain to outwit and outrun police by leaping from roof to roof in a bid to make good his escape on Tuesday night.

But he failed and was nabbed by his pursuers in Havelock Road later that night.

The man, allegedly linked to several cases of housebreaking, robbery and theft in the Lincoln Meade and Hayfields areas, was traced to his hideout in Havelock Road by members of the Combined Action Team (CAT) and Alexandra Road police detectives.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police had been on the hunt for the man — believed to be in his 20s — for quite some time when they received information about his whereabouts on Tuesday.

When the team of policemen burst through the door of the Havelock Road hideout at about 10 pm, the man leapt through the window and scaled the wall onto the roof. He then began jumping from one rooftop to another.

However, he was outsmarted by police who cordoned off the area, creating a ring around the neighbouring properties to trap him.

Ngobese said the man is suspected of recently robbed an elderly couple, stealing their laptop, cellphones and cash before escaping with their vehicle.

It is also suspected the man, who lives in Lincoln Meade, had also recently robbed his neighbours of laptops and cellphones before escaping with clothes belonging to their son.

“In both these cases, the house occupants fought with him and he sustained injuries,” Ngobese said.

According to a police source, the robber is allegedly part of a three-man gang who also robbed the house of a police captain.

Ngobese said the stolen items are believed to have been sold to foreigners in the CBD.

“Most of his crimes were allegedly committed in his neighbourhood in Lincoln Meade. He normally struck during the day when nobody was home. He would allegedly take laptops, cellphones and other electrical items as well as clothes, especially shoes,” Ngobese said.

“Recently, he allegedly targeted elderly people and would threaten them with a knife. He allegedly injured two elderly people who tried to ward him off in a recent robbery. The vehicle that he took was found abandoned in town.”

A police source described the suspect’s hideout as “a cave” of Whoonga addicts and foreigners. “There were about 15 people living together in the house and this man was staying in a room with several other people. He had nothing in his possession at the hideout, but we did find suspected stolen property at his Lincoln Meade residence.”

“We believe he is linked to about seven or eight cases and has two accomplices, one of which we have apprehended as well.”

The suspect is expected to appear in court shortly.


Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  arrest  |  saps

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.