Bur­glar­ies and theft rife last week

The Rep - - NEWS -

LAST Mon­day evening, Red Guard re­sponse of­fi­cers ap­pre­hended a sus­pect at a fill­ing sta­tion who was as­sault­ing cus­tomers and handed him over to the po­lice, op­er­a­tions man­ager Wil­lie Rey­necke told The Rep.

The same sus­pect had caused prob­lems at an­other fill­ing sta­tion ear­lier in the day, when he was also handed to the po­lice.

In the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, one of the com­pany’s con­trol room op­er­a­tors was out­side the of­fice when he no­ticed two sus­pi­cious-look­ing peo­ple on the premises of the Wes­ley Methodist Church.

Re­sponse of­fi­cers es­tab­lished that they had bro­ken into a store­room at the back and sev­eral items were found ly­ing out­side, in­clud­ing two speak­ers. The prop­erty was re­turned.

A lit­tle later a re­sponse of­fi­cer no­ticed two sus­pects run­ning away from a busi­ness in Green Street. On in­ves­ti­ga­tion he found that a hole was be­ing made in the fence. The owner was called and it was es­tab­lished that items had been stolen from the premises.

To round off an ac­tive night, re­sponse of­fi­cers at­tended to an alarm ac­ti­va­tion at a car wash.

The re­sponse of­fi­cer found a big gen­er­a­tor out­side the premises and called the key holder. It was es­tab­lished that the sus­pects had bro­ken in and un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to steal sev­eral power tools.

A sus­pect was ap­pre­hended on neigh­bour­ing premises and handed to the po­lice.

On Sun­day night the se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at Chris Hani fi­nance of­fice called for as­sis­tance be­cause peo­ple were try­ing to forcibly en­ter the premises. When the re­sponse of­fi­cers ar­rived, the four sus­pects ran away, but they re­cov­ered sev­eral sus­pected stolen items, in­clud­ing clean­ing ma­te­ri­als and of­fice equip­ment.

Af­ter fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion it was dis­cov­ered that the sus­pects had bro­ken into a nearby of­fice, but the man­ager could not say if any of the items had been stolen.

That af­ter­noon, se­cu­rity of­fi­cers at a su­per­mar­ket ap­pre­hended a cus­tomer for theft. The stolen items were re­turned and the sus­pect was handed over to the po­lice.

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