Tuesday, 21 August was a great day for local crime fighters. Robbers broke into DSM Mall in Winklespruit in the early hours of the morning and stole four new TVs and various other items. They also tried to cut the safe open but failed.
Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) committee member, George Snodey said later in the day a motorist saw a person loading TVs into a vehicle on the R603. He flagged a passing Metro Police vehicle down. The officer went to investigate and called the K9 unit for backup. The CCPO, Blue Security and ET Rapid Response also responded.
“A known house breaker, who we know is responsible for break-ins at businesses and churches was caught with the TVs,” said Snodey.
“After questioning him, he took us to a Pakistani suprette near the Winkle taxi rank where he had sold the one TV for R500. Other items were also found there, such as new packs of nappies and cooldrinks that were also stolen during this break-in and a previous one.”
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There was also hundreds of illegal cigarettes found in the shop and in the back storerooms. All the illegal cigarettes were confiscated and the person who had bought the stolen TV was arrested, along with three illegal immigrants. The people who were buying the TVs next to the road were also arrested.
“Tony Lokker from ET, myself and a couple of other guys have been after this suspect for a long time and it was nice to see the buyers of these stolen items being charged and locked up with the criminals.”