Officers keep busy as thefts are rife
AT MIDDAY last Tuesday, Red Guard response officers apprehended a suspect who had allegedly broken in to the store room of a stationery shop. Several stolen items were recovered and returned and the suspect handed over to the police, operations manager Willie Reynecke told The Rep.
Later the same day, an officer on patrol noticed a person walking with a toy electric jeep. He was unable to explain where he had got it and on further investigation it was established that it was stolen. The jeep was returned and the suspect released as the owner declined to open a criminal case.
That evening, response officers attended to a panic alarm at a house, where they were informed that children staying with the owner had stolen her laptop. They found the laptop hidden under a bed. The home owner declined to open a case.
In the early hours of Wednesday response officers in Lady Frere noticed two people running with a bag. As they had just been dispatched to a nearby school they chased and apprehended the two suspects with four laptops and a DVD player allegedly stolen from the school. The recovered items were returned and the suspects handed over to the police.
Security officers on duty at a supermarket apprehended a suspect for theft. The stolen goods were recovered and handed back and the suspect released after the manager declined to open a case. – Rep reporter