Jewellery sus­pect ‘wore hot watch’

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Gareth Wil­son wilsong@ti­soblack­

A fifth sus­pect be­lieved to be con­nected to the Fran­carlo Jew­ellers bur­glary in Walmer Park Shop­ping Cen­tre has been ar­rested, af­ter al­legedly at­tempt­ing to bribe a po­lice of­fi­cial to let him go.

The bust hap­pened at about 2am on Thurs­day when po­lice re­ceived a tip-off on the lo­ca­tion of more stolen watches as well as other sus­pected stolen items such as tele­vi­sion sets.

The ar­rest comes a week af­ter four men were caught with jewellery and watches stolen from Fran­carlo Jew­ellers in the bur­glary two weeks ago.

Seven men, armed with firearms, sledge­ham­mers and a crow­bar, broke into the cen­tre and tar­geted Fran­carlo and the iS­tore in the com­plex.

The lat­est ar­rest was of a 44year-old man at the Dol­fyn block of flats in Al­goa Park.

Po­lice said he was wear­ing one of the stolen watches.

Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Priscilla Naidu said that dur­ing a search of the flat, a fur­ther 26 sus­pected stolen watches were re­cov­ered as well as five plasma tele­vi­sion sets, four iPhones, cam­eras, sev­eral ex­ter­nal hard drives and per­sonal doc­u­ments of var­i­ous peo­ple – in­clud­ing pass­ports, driver’s li­cences and bank cards. Twelve of the 26 watches re­cov­ered still had Fran­carlo price tags at­tached to them.

“The man [al­legedly] at­tempted to bribe the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer with about R15,000 in cash to let him go,” Naidu said.

The man is due to ap­pear in the Port El­iz­a­beth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day for bribery and pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

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