South Africa: Burglars in Custody, Stolen Property Recovered

The Ladysmith Visible Policing officers together with K9 Unit arrested four suspects for possession of suspected stolen property, housebreaking and possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

The officers stopped a suspicious vehicle in the Observation Hill area in Ladysmith and the vehicle had four suspects in it. Upon searching the vehicle they found a flat screen TV, DVD player, appliances and clothing and all suspects were arrested on the scene. The officers were convinced that these suspects were responsible for other incidents of housebreaking that had recently occurred in the area, one of which resulted in a police official's service pistol being stolen from her premises.

The suspects were interviewed individually and it became clear that they were indeed responsible for other housebreakings in the area. Officers worked tirelessly and during the late afternoon, they recovered the stolen pistol as well as the ammunition that was taken with it, a VRC player, Flat screen television and clothing were among other items. These items were recovered in various areas in Ladysmith. The four suspects aged between 30 and 39 will soon appear in the Ladysmith Magistrates' Court later this week.

The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the officers for working effortlessly in apprehending the suspects and recovering these stolen goods including an illegal firearm with live ammunition. "I urge the community to refrain from buying stolen goods because that is also considered as a criminal activity. When intending to buy something from any individual if not a shop, please ask for the documents pertaining that item because if does not have proof that the seller indeed bought it legally as well, if no proof it will be regarded as stolen," he said.

Source: South African Police Service.

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