SAPS Tongaat have issued a stern warning to the public to refrain from buying stolen goods from suspects.
This came after an off duty police officer was approached by two suspects who wanted to sell him building tools.
Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “Sergeant Ntsenande became suspicious and pretended to be interested in buying the stuff. The suspects placed the items in his car.
The suspects then jumped into the car with the member to go to the bank so he could withdraw money to pay them. Ntsenande drove the car to the police station,” Ngwane said.
The two suspects aged 20 and 21 were arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property.
“They were detained in the police cells awaiting their court appearance,” Ngwane added.
In another story, SAPS Tongaat Crime Prevention Constable Woodraj and his team were on a routine patrol near Flamingo railway line when they noticed two men carrying plastic chairs.
“Upon noticing the police vehicle they tried to run into the nearby bushes. The police gave chase and managed to stop them. When questioned about the goods they failed to give a satisfactory response.
“The two suspects aged 18 and 24 were then placed under arrest after they could not give proper answers,” Ngwane said.
All suspects appeared at Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, September 10. They are expected to reappear in court soon.
“We are appealing to our community to say no to buying stolen goods and close the market for stolen goods.
“Purchasing goods obtained in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions.
“It is a crime and is punishable by law to be in possession of stolen goods. Our community should reject and report any goods which are suspected to be stolen to the police.
“Let us all break the chain of crime and invest in a safer South Africa,” Ngwane added.
Station commander Colonel Santha Moodley commended Sergeant Ntsenande for the dedication and commitment he had shown when he arrested the suspects even while he was off duty.
SAPS Tongaat will continue to conduct saturation patrols and stop and searches as a crime prevention strategy.