BUSINESS BREAK-IN SUSPECT ARRESTED: VERULAM
A 41-year-old man was arrested by reaction officers in Everest Heights, Verulam last Wednesday.
Reaction Unit SA (Rusa) received a call on Monday morning from the owner of a canteen situated inside a factory in Missionlands, Verulam, requesting assistance in apprehending the man.
The caller explained that they had noticed stock and airtime had been stolen from the business over a period of time. When they reviewed the CCTV footage they noticed the man in the canteen stealing biscuits, airtime and groceries. The suspect was identified as a former security officer who was employed by the business.
The victim could not explain how the suspect had gained entry into the business as no forced entry was used.
While on patrol on Olivine Road in Everest Heights the suspect was spotted by a reaction officer. The officer approached and apprehended the wanted man.
During an interview, the Brindhaven resident admitted to duplicating a set of keys to the canteen while he was employed at the business.
He went on to explain that he had stolen valuables from the business on four occasions since December 2016.
The stolen goods were sold and the profits were used to purchase heroin.
When questioned on the location of the keys the suspect informed officers that he had thrown them into a drain. Reaction officers escorted the suspect to Rosemary Drive in Brindhaven and recovered the keys inside a storm water drain.
The suspect was arrested and has been detained at the Verulam SAPS.
ROBBERY SUSPECT APPREHENDED: VERULAM
A 17-year-old Grade 10 pupil was apprehended by Rusa after he robbed a pedestrian of her cellphone in Temple Valley, Verulam, last Wednesday.
Reaction officers were called out to the scene after receiving a call from a resident in the area requesting assistance for the victim.
Upon arrival, officers were informed that the suspect had approached the victim and robbed her of her cellphone. He then fled the scene on foot.
The victim provided Rusa members with a detailed clothing description of the suspect. Reaction officers conducted an extensive search of the area and apprehended the suspect as he was fleeing up Petunia Drive.
Upon searching the suspect the stolen cellphone was found in his possession. During an interview the teenager admitted to robbing the woman.
ROBBERS SHOOT AT SOMALIAN BUSINESSMAN: VERULAM
Members of Rusa were dispatched to a business on Prickle Pear Road in Waterloo, Verulam after receiving several calls from residents in the area reporting a gun shot been fired at a local business on Thursday last week.
Upon arrival it was established that three suspects had held up a Somalian businessman at his convenience store and demanded cash. When the victim resisted, one suspect drew a revolver and fired a single shot at the victim. The suspects the fled in a white Toyota Venture. The victim was not injured.
Reaction officers conducted an extensive search for the suspects however no arrests were made.
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