CRIME BRIEFS

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TRUCK bat­ter­ies were stolen from the mu­nic­i­pal yard at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

The se­cu­rity of the mu­nic­i­pal yard, as well as theft from the yard, is a ma­jor con­cern both within the po­lice and Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum (CPF).

There was a break-in at a home in Fresh­wa­ter Road in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing. Bur­glars gained ac­cess via a win­dow.

On the same day three peo­ple were ar­rested on charges of drunk and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour, an Absa cus­tomer was de­frauded of R29000 and an un­li­censed driver was ar­rested on a charge of driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

In the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing, po­lice ar­rested a man out­side the Wharf Street Tab on a charge of com­mon as­sault.

Late af­ter­noon on Sun­day, at the Medolino Car­a­van Park, a Toy­ota Corolla left the road and ca­reered off into the bush.

There were also two do­mes­tic al­ter­ca­tions, with a woman be­ing bru­talised by a man in Bathurst and an­other at a home in Main Street.

Act­ing chair­man of the Port Al­fred CPF George Gal­braith gave feed­back on some of the in­ci­dents re­ported.

“Sun­day night’s arrestee in Weald Av­enue was a pro­bate on re­lease after con­vic­tion and in­car­cer­a­tion for at­tempted mur­der. His pro­ba­tion was re­scinded and he re­verted to jail to serve the bal­ance of his sen­tence which will see him in prison un­til 2020,” Gal­braith wrote.

He noted, “The arrestee, Peter, ad­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing drugs from Port El­iz­a­beth as his rea­son for be­ing in the vicin­ity. He had an ac­com­plice who es­caped.”

Gal­braith was also wor­ried about build­ing pro­ce­dures to as­sist po­lice in the op­er­a­tion of their du­ties.

“No case opened means no fin­ger­prints may be taken,” Gal­braith said.

“This hap­pens, say, where a bur­glar jim­mies a win­dow with­out gain­ing en­try. But link­ing prints found at the scene of a crime with a pre­vi­ous se­ri­ous case serves jus­tice, while not open­ing a case fails it.

“In­vest­ing a lit­tle of your time in the jus­tice sys­tem serves your

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