Po­lice success in thefts

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An elec­tronic track­ing ap­pli­ca­tion was used to lo­cate a man sus­pected of steal­ing elec­tronic equip­ment from a Bathurst res­i­dent in the early hours of Thurs­day 8 De­cem­ber.

The man awoke around 4.30am to find some­one next to his bed, who then fled with sev­eral items of elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment.

Bathurst De­tec­tives were led di­rectly to the home of a 37-year-old sus­pect by a track­ing app on the vic­tim’s cell­phone.

All the items, worth R52 000, were re­cov­ered and the man was ar­rested. He faces a charge of house­break­ing and theft and will ap­pear in the Port Al­fred Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

In Gra­ham­stown an in­te­grated prop­erty re­lated op­er­a­tion by mem­bers of the Gra­ham­stown Crime In­tel­li­gence and Gra­ham­stown De­tec­tives yielded the ar­rest of a man on Thurs­day 8 De­cem­ber on three sep­a­rate counts of theft, pos­ses­sion of sus­pected stolen prop­erty as well as money laun­der­ing.

Items val­ued at R36 400 and R1 000 cash were re­cov­ered and seized. The man will ap­pear in the mag­is­trate’s court in Gra­ham­stown.

Mean­while four rob­bers ar­rested in Jan­uary 2014 in Alexan­dria were yes­ter­day sen­tenced to a to­tal of 120 years im­pris­on­ment in the Alexan­dria Re­gional Court.

Mkhuseli Tyala, 33, Siyabonga Mak­haza, 34, Mpumelelo Men­sile, 29, and Ayanda Nt­shona, 39, were found guilty of rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, at­tempted mur­der, pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

They were all sen­tenced to 15 years and the first count and 15 years on counts 1-3, with the sen­tences run­ning con­cur­rently.

The sen­tenc­ing was the con­clu­sion of a case that be­gan in the early hours of 19 Jan­uary 2014, when mem­bers of the Alexan­dria SAPS stopped a ve­hi­cle sus­pected of hav­ing been hi­jacked in Pater­son.

The ve­hi­cle, a Toy­ota Tazz, had five male oc­cu­pants.

As the ve­hi­cle ap­proached Alexan­dria, three con­sta­bles on duty tried to stop it but the men opened fire.

The of­fi­cers re­turned fire, in­jur­ing one. He was ap­pre­hended and placed un­der guard in hospi­tal and three other sus­pects were also ar­rested.

The case con­cluded nearly three years later in the Alexan­dria Re­gional Court, fol­low­ing intense in­ves­ti­ga­tion and team­work by the Alexan­dria De­tec­tives and the Gra­ham­stown Ve­hi­cle Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sec­tion.

Sus­pected stolen items found in the pos­ses­sion of a man ar­rested in Gra­ham­stown on 8 De­cem­ber. Photo supplied

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