Pet­ty theft re­mains a ma­jor pro­blem in Graaff-reinet

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

GRAAFF-REINET — Ac­cor­ding to W/O Ger­rie van Rooy­en, a spo­kes­per­son for the Graaff-reinet po­li­ce, the town ex­pe­rien­ced a­not­her re­la­ti­ve­ly se­ri­ous-cri­me free week for the re­por­ting pe­ri­od of Oc­to­ber 30 to No­vem­ber 6.

Mem­bers of the Cri­me P­re­ven­ti­on U­nit se­ar­ched pre­mi­ses in U­ma­si­zak­he af­ter fol­lo­wing up on in­for­ma­ti­on re­cei­ved from the com­mu­ni­ty.

The mem­bers con­fis­ca­ted a ge­ne­ra­tor, flat screen TV and two chain­saws.

The i­tems are sus­pected to ha­ve been sto­len at ot­her pre­mi­ses du­ring the month of Oc­to­ber.

The 41-y­e­ar-old fe­ma­le sus­pect, No­ma­na Mas­hu­su, ap­pea­red in the lo­cal Ma­gi­stra­tes’ Court on T­hurs­day, No­vem­ber 2, and the ca­se was pos­t­po­ned pen­ding furt­her in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on.

Shop­lif­ting is in­cre­a­sing in the fa­ce of the u­p­co­ming fes­ti­ve se­a­son and no less than four ca­ses we­re re­por­ted at bu­si­nes­ses.

Bur­gla­ries at re­si­den­ti­al a­re­as we­re re­por­ted to ha­ve been com­mit­ted in Ber­gen­dal, Ca­le­don S­treet, Lo­tus S­treet As­her­vil­le, U­ma­si­zak­he and Sun­ny­si­de.

The Hor­ses­hoe C­li­nic, hou­sed in the Graaff­rei­net Town Hall, was tar­ge­ted du­ring the nig­ht of No­vem­ber 2 and 3.

Theft out of mo­tor vehi­cle was re­por­ted in A­den­dorp on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

A sus­pect was ar­res­ted w­hen he was caug­ht cut­ting the sail of a par­ked truck in Church S­treet du­ring the ear­ly hours of Sa­tur­day mor­ning, No­vem­ber 4.

Two sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted af­ter they we­re found to be in pos­ses­si­on of small quan­ti­ties of Dag­ga and Man­drax re­specti­ve­ly.

W/O van Rooy­en re­ports that pet­ty theft still re­mains a ma­jor he­a­da­che as op­por­tu­nis­tic thie­ves pound on e­very pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ty to ste­al as pre­vi­ous­ly re­por­ted.

Van Rooy­en went on to ex­plain that t­he­se cri­mes are al­most im­pos­si­ble to po­li­ce sin­ce they are com­mit­ted out­si­de the pa­trol­ling cor­ri­dors of nor­mal po­li­cing.

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