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2020/10/15      |  Written By:  Sergeant S Ncane   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

A Port Shepstone resident had parked his Toyota Venture at a shopping mall near the beachfront on 21 August 2020 and went inside to do some shopping. Upon returning, he found his vehicle had been stolen. 

This was immediately reported to local police and not long afterwards members of Scottburgh SAPS  spotted the vehicle on the N2, travelling towards Durban. The SAPS members managed to stop the vehicle and to arrest a 33-year-old suspect who jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to evade police arrest. Upon searching the vehicle, the arresting officers found the instrument which the suspect had used to open and steal the vehicle, still in the ignition.

Radebe was transferred to SAPS Port Shepstone where he was charged for theft of motor vehicle and possession of a motor breaking implement. The accused appeared in court on Monday 24 August and bail was denied. The complainant was only too happy to know his vehicle had been recovered. 

The investigation officer, Detective Warrant Officer Jacques Vermaak of Port Shepstone VCIU presented a well-documented and thorough investigation, presenting evidence that could not be refuted.  Video footage further revealed that it took Radebe less than two (2) minutes to gain access to the vehicle and to steal it.

On 12 September 2020 the accused, Sanele Radebe of Umlazi, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court to an effective nine years imprisonment.