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Housebreaking suspect arrested within minutes

Jun 1, 2018
Housebreaking suspect arrested within minutes

Quick reaction by a private security company resulted in the immediate arrest of a housebreaking suspect.

"It is alleged that on Thursday, at about 09:15, the alarm at a house in Lorraine, Port Elizabeth, was activated and the owner was informed that the house had been broken into," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"Entry to the house was gained by forcing  open the kitchen window. The security company, who received the call was in the vicinity within minutes.

"The security official noticed two suspicious males standing not far from the house. As the security official approached them, they started running."

One person, aged 37 years old, was apprehended.

"Investigations revealed that the suspect and his friend had broken into the house. Nothing appeared to have been stolen," she said.

"The suspect will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a charge of housebreaking." 

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the security company for their speedy reaction and arrest.

“The excellent working  relationship between security companies and the police will ensure successful results as we join hands together in the fight against crime," commented Maj Gen Patekile.