Coun­cil­lor, cops re­cover goods

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LIN­DANI DONYELI

Po­lice and a lo­cal coun­cil­lor worked to­gether to re­cover a cache of stolen goods, in­clud­ing a large LG tele­vi­sion, a bi­cy­cle, an elec­tric key­board and mini HiFi. The items were re­turned to their own­ers in Vukani on Satur­day 14 October.

The po­lice also ar­rested four sus­pects, who were ar­raigned on Mon­day.

An­other sus­pect was re­leased on Satur­day af­ter it was es­tab­lished that he had not been in­volved in the ac­tual rob­bery, al­though he seems to have been a mid­dle­man selling the goods.

The rob­bery oc­curred some­time over the week­end of October 7-8. Vukani res­i­dent Khaya Khethani told Gro­cott's Mail this week, that he went to Port El­iz­a­beth for a week­end on 6-8 of October af­ter ask­ing a neigh­bour to keep an eye on his house, a prac­tice com­mon in Vukani.

When he re­turned late on Mon­day 9 October, he saw his clothes strewn around the house and tele­vi­sion set, bi­cy­cle, Hi Fi, elec­tric key­board and other items miss­ing.

He opened a case of theft with the po­lice on Tues­day morn­ing. Of­fi­cers came to Khethani’s house on Al­bertina Sisulu Street to take fin­ger­prints. On Wed­nes­day he con­tacted his Coun­cil­lor Them­bakazi Sey­isi who told him not to worry as she was go­ing to as­sist him to re­cover his stolen prop­erty.

Sey­isi find out the sus­pected rob­bers on Satur­day and con­vinced them to tell her who had bought the stolen items. She then con­tacted Khetani and they went to re­cover his prop­erty. They went to a house in Ex­ten­sion 9 where they found his tele­vi­sion. The home­owner was re­luc­tant to give in­for­ma­tion be­cause “she was scared of be­ing ar­rested,” Khethani said.

Sey­isi talked the woman into re­turn­ing the tele­vi­sion. In town, the Coun­cil­lor and Khethani re­cov­ered two pairs of train­ers, the key­board in Vukani and the bi­cy­cle in the Tran­sit Camp ex­ten­sion.

Still out­stand­ing are a DVD player, two USB mem­ory sticks, a cooler bag, watches, three cell­phones and some gro­ceries.

Iron­i­cally, the SAPS Area Com­man­der Bri­gadier David Khanuka and his team were re­cently in Vukani to ad­dress the high rate of crime there.

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