Police catch serial criminal

2015-11-18 10:00

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Pietermaritzburg - Police have hunted down and ­arrested a man wanted for a string of crimes in Pietermaritzburg, including a burglary at the police crime intelligence offices earlier this year.

The man — who was also linked to cases of murder, hijacking, house-breakings and theft — was arrested on Tuesday in Howick.

In July this year, The Witness reported that the Pietermaritzburg crime intelligence office in ­Wiganthorpe Road was broken into and a rifle, three handguns and documents locked in a safe were stolen.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Gay Ebrahim, police had combed the entire crime scene for evidence and fingerprints were taken.

After a few days, the Pietermaritzburg Local Criminal Recording Centre (fingerprints office) released information that positively identified the suspect via his fingerprints.

Crime intelligence officers worked around the clock, engaging with informers to gather more information on the man’s whereabouts.

Ebrahim said officers received a tip from informers and traced the man to Howick. He was arrested and the stolen firearms recovered.

“The suspect was always on the move from one city to another in order to avoid being apprehended,” she said.

Umgungundlovu North acting cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham applauded the officers on a “job well done”.

“Their efforts in following up with the investigation and engaging with informer networks has proven to positively contribute to the ­apprehension of the wanted ­suspect,” she said.

The burglary came after a spate of burglaries at police stations in ­Pietermaritzburg.

Earlier this year, in May, the Pietermaritzburg police station in Loop Street was struck twice by burglars.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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