Res­i­dents, se­cu­rity staff make ar­rest

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GONUBIE Pro­tect has once again en­sured the safety and se­cu­rity of their com­mu­nity by as­sist­ing in mak­ing an ar­rest this week.

On Tues­day, what started out as a “bush walk” in an at­tempt to weed out crim­i­nals in the area, ended in a house rob­bery re­sponse, as well as a re­sponse to an as­sault at Black Rock.

“We re­ceived a call that a lady had been as­saulted and ran straight from the house rob­bery we had re­sponded to. “It was a fan­tas­tic suc­cess. “One of our res­i­dents, Henri Smit, walked right up to the of­fender who was hid­ing deep in the bush,” Gonubie Pro­tect chair­man, Daniel El­lis said.

The of­fender was ap­pre­hended, and ac­cord­ing to El­lis, taken to the po­lice sta­tion where a case has been opened.

El­lis said the house rob­bery was in 14th Av­enue but they ar­rived too late to catch the sus­pects.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice.

The bush walks were started in an at­tempt to look for hide­outs and get­away routes crim­i­nals might use.

Res­i­dents took to Face­book to com­mend the ar­rest and the work be­ing done by Gonubie Pro­tect, se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and the po­lice in the area.

Gonubie Pro­tect vicechair­man, Louw My­burgh joined in and said: “Thank you to ev­ery­one who re­sponded to our call; this would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the num­bers we had at our dis­posal.

“The ap­pre­hended sus­pect was found in pos­ses­sion of the goods that were robbed from the lady at Black Rock. ]

“A big thank you also [goes] to our com­mu­nity who sup­ports us with our mis­sion to change our vil­lage for the bet­ter.”

In the past, th­ese pa­trols or “bush walks” were done by res­i­dents who are mem­bers of the neigh­bour­hood watch group, as well as Buf­falo City Metro Law En­force­ment and the po­lice.

Tues­day’s op­er­a­tion, how­ever, also in­volved var­i­ous se­cu­rity com­pa­nies.

The op­er­a­tion was a join­t­ef­fort by Gonubie Pro­tect and sev­eral se­cu­rity com­pa­nies, namely, Starlight, Tac­ti­cal Task Force, Red Alert, SQ Risk and GPNW, as well as Hard­wick and Hen­der­son.

“It was a phe­nom­e­nal job, and with­out the se­cu­rity com­pa­nies we would have had no back-up,” El­lis said.

“The se­cu­rity com­pa­nies were fan­tas­tic, they put their com­pet­i­tive­ness aside and were ready to help the com­mu­nity.”

Pic­tures: DANIEL EL­LIS

JOINT EF­FORT: Mem­bers of Gonubie Pro­tect, se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and the po­lice re­act to two sep­a­rate dis­tress calls on Tues­day and helped a res­i­dent make one ar­rest

RE­TRIEVED GOODS: Some of the items found when a rob­ber was caught hid­ing in bushes

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