Aberdeen crime news in short
SAPS in Aberdeen opened a number of cases in the last week, including three of theft.
The first was from a house in Darling Street, in the town, during the period from 22 November and 27 November. Several items went missing from the complainant’s residence while she was at Graaff-reinet, including knives and a kettle. The total value is estimated at R1 150.
Another incident took place in Darling Stree between 15:30 on 27 November and 07:00 the next day. The complainant had left the hosepipe outside after using it, and the next morning found it missing.
A gate that was stolen from a property in Thembalesizwe between 23 November and 26 November was recovered after the owner noticed it at someone else’s home. When she asked where the person had bought it, she was given the names of two people. The suspects have not yet been arrested.
A woman received an SMS between sometime between 27 November and 29 November saying that she had won money from Coca-cola (a whopping R192 000!) and that she had to phone “Julia”. When she phoned the named person, she was told to pay the amount of R1 574 in order for the money to be deposited into her (the complainant’s) bank account.
A few hours later, the complainant received another SMS stating she must make another payment of R3 650. The woman then phoned “Julia” who insisted that the payment must be made so that the prize could be deposited into her bank account. The complainant by this stage was suspicious, so went to the local ABSA branch, where she was informed that she was being scammed. A case of fraud has been opened.
One Dorper sheep to the value of R2 000was slaughtered unlawfully inside the grazing camp at the farm Louisan between 18:00 on 28 November and 06:50 the next morning. A case of stock theft has been opened and is under investigation.
Between 23 November and 29 November, parts were stolen from a vehicle parked in Parliament Street. The damage amounts to R5 000. A case of theft from a motor vehicle has been opened.
A residential burglary occurred between 27 November at 11:00 and 30 November at 14:00 in North Street. The complainant is looking after the house for the owner, who is out of town.
On 30 November, the complainant was informed by a witness that he saw the garage door open and two suspects leaving the premises. The garage door had been broken open to gain entry, and a toilet bowl, electrical cables, and an electricity box were stolen. The value at this stage amounts to R1 500. One suspect is known but has not yet been arrested. The other suspect is unknown at this stage.
The final case for the week is one of culpable homicide. At 22:55 on 29 November, a taxi stopped on the N9 between Aberdeen and Willowmore (about 45 km from Aberdeen) and the driver got out and crossed the road.
An oncoming truck hit him and kept on driving, as the truck driver was not aware that he had hit a person. He was later informed by Willowmore SAPS about the incident. The deceased resided in Queenstown.
Two arrests were made during the week: one for reckless and/or negligent driving, and one for common assault. There were an additional 16 people arrested for being drunk and disorderly.