Brazen thieves steal infrared cameras from home near police station

2016-07-15 16:20
Marius Geldenhuys, who lives behind the Brackenfell police station, points out the place where thieves took two infrared cameras. (Supplied)

Marius Geldenhuys, who lives behind the Brackenfell police station, points out the place where thieves took two infrared cameras. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - In three separate crime sprees, thieves have snatched Marius Geldenhuys’s phone, clothing, PlayStation, money and even underwear from his bedroom in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

The fourth spree took place on Monday night. Two men and a woman were clearly not discouraged by the Brackenfell police station behind the house, nor the fact that the TV was blaring inside.

They popped into his yard and stole two infrared security cameras.

This time though, the cheeky criminals were caught on film after missing a security camera.

Brackenfell police were investigating the theft. By Friday, no one had yet been arrested, confirmed Western Cape police spokesperson FC van Wyk.

"It looks like they live here [in the house]. You can see they are very comfortable, walking around like they own the place," Geldenhuys told News24, after looking at the footage of the latest burglary.

A "gatvol" Geldenhuys, 28, who is in the maintenance business, decided to post the video online in the hope someone might recognise them.

In the footage, a man is seen trying to break open the lock of the front gate around 19:30 on Monday.

When he can’t get in, he hops over the boundary wall and dismounts two cameras. He hands these over the gate to a woman and she walks off.

He then manages to open the gate so the woman and another man can join him inside.

Geldenhuys said he and a friend were watching television at the time.

He guessed the group must have spotted him inside, because they ran back to the front door and rang the bell.

"Obviously, they needed to do something to not let it look like a break-in."

'Now I have to close anything'

The occupants of the home were confused about the doorbell because they thought their gate was locked.

They rushed outside to the trio, but did not realise that they had taken anything.

The criminals ran away after Geldenhuys threatened to call the police.

He believed the same group might be responsible for the previous thefts.

About five months ago, his phone was snatched under his nose while he was sleeping. He believed someone used a stick through his window to hook the cellphone, which was charging next to his bed.

A year ago, thieves cracked a window to get inside and steal his PlayStation, clothes and other small items.

"Another time before that, about three years ago, they stole R500 out of my cupboard and some of my underwear! I found a beanie and a lot of change in it so I think they got frightened and ran off."

"I like to sleep with my one window open. Now I have to close anything," said Geldenhuys.

"The comfort they are working with makes me a bit stressed."

Watch the thieves in action below:


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