Port Alfred man busted for housebreaking while on parole

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

A 24 year-old man appeared in the Alexandria Magistrate’s Court on Monday on housebreaking and theft charges after being arrested by the Port Alfred K9 team of two officers and their dogs on Friday, Eastern Cape police said.

Thembalethu Mxokozeli, who was out on parole for another housebreaking charge at the time of his arrest, had allegedly broken into a house in Bathurst Street in Kenton-on-Sea at about 22:30 on Friday.

K9 officers, W/O Tertius Neethling and Const Mkhululi Lamani and their dogs, Bonzo and Ounooi, arrived at the scene - at about 22:45, following a report from Hi-Tec security that a housebreaking was in progress.

"The team searched the area around the house that had been cordoned off by Hi-Tec.

"WO Neethling then noticed a man running out of the bush down the street. With the assistance of Bonzo, they managed to catch the suspect. The policemen found a sharpened screw driver in the suspect’s possession and it was confiscated," the police said.

"The stolen goods were handed back to the owner and the suspect detained.

"After his brief court appearance this morning, the case was postponed to 3 December 2015 for a formal bail application. Mxokozeli remains in custody."

A proud Lieutenant Lily Erasmus, the commander at Port Alfred K9, congratulated the team for their sterling work.

Just over a week ago, the same team achieved success in two separate incidents, recovering valuables with an estimated combined value of R35 000 and arresting a suspect.

Image: PARTNERS: Port Alfred K9’s WO Tertius Neethling and his dog Bonzo have arrested numerous suspects as a team as it was the case on Friday.