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2022/07/11      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel A Funani   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: 10 July 2022:  A 17-year-old boy is expected to appear in the Wolmaransstad Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 11 July 2022, for burglary business and arson.

The accused’s court appearance stems from his arrest in the early hours of Friday morning, 08 July 2022.  According to information, security guards reacted to an activated alarm at one of the shopping centres in Wolmaransstad. Consequently, the police, paramedics and fire fighters were called to the scene. In the process of dousing the fire, the suspect who apparently gained entrance through the roof, was found fainted in the store. The suspect was rescued and taken to hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and later discharged. It has since been established that the suspect was placed under the care of his parents after being arrested and appeared before the court in May this year for theft. 

Preliminary crime scene investigation revealed that the store burnt to ashes.

The District Commissioner of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Major General Suzette Pretorius applauded the Wolmaransstad Detectives and other role players for their swift response that led to rescuing and apprehension of the suspect.