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2021/08/10      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer J Mostert   |   Province:  Western Cape

Bothasig: The great relationship between Bothasig police and the local neighbourhood watches paid off great dividends when members from SAPS Bothasig, working in partnership with members from Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch, deal burglars a serious blow on the morning of 27 July 2021.

According to Sergeant Sello Mcutshenge, he and his colleague Warrant Officer Christopher Roode were busy with crime prevention patrols in the Edgemead area. Their scope of operation was night time burglaries which occurred during the early hours of the morning when windows were removed to gain entry to residences.

They were also supported by members from Edgemead neighbourhood watch who had joined them and also patrolled their area.

At 04:55 a vehicle suspected to be used by the burglars entered Edgemead, and everyone on patrol immediately went to their predetermined locations to monitor and report when the vehicle exited the area. At 04:30 the vehicle exited Edgemead and the SAPS members were immediately alerted by the lookout at that specific point. They responded and pulled the vehicle over close to the N7.

During the search of the vehicle the members came across various tools as well as laptop computers and charger, digital camera and a pink suitcase containing clothing and shoes. The three flabbergasted occupants of the vehicle could not explain where they had come, from or how they came to be in possession of all the property.

Three suspects, aged between 31 and 35 years old, residents of Du Noon and Gugulethu were arrested and detained on charges of being in possession of presumed stolen goods and housebreaking implements. They will appear in Goodwood court on 30 July 2021. The investigation will also determine whether they can be linked to other burglary cases in the area as well.

Anyone with more information can contact the investigation officer, Sgt Jonathan Kriel on 021 558 3688 during office hours, Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or use the MySAPS mobile application.

The station commander Lt Col Khunjulwa Khanyile thanked the members, as well as the neighbourhood watch members for the excellent work. Sgt Mcutshenge also expressed his gratitude and mentioned that the success would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of the neighbourhood watch members. He mentioned that he hoped the good work will inspire more residents to join their local neighbourhood watches and make the areas in Bothasig even safer.

WO Christopher Roode and Sgt Sello Mcutshenge with the recovered property