Two suspects have been taken into custody following a burglary on Sunray Avenue, Newcastle, on Wednesday, 3 May 2023.
The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning at approximately 4.30 am, during a period of loadshedding, which has created opportunities for criminal activity.
Imran Ghafoor, the spokesperson for Newcastle Crime Fighter’s Task Team, confirmed that the burglars gained entry into the house and escaped with several household items. A case of housebreaking and theft was opened, and the investigation began.
However, the suspects’ freedom was short-lived, as the police received a tip-off on Friday, 5 May 2023, and identified the two perpetrators. The operational team, consisting of the Newcastle Police, Newcastle Crime Fighter Task Team, and Optimus Protections Service, tracked them down to KwaMathukuza.
The two men were cornered and arrested, and some of the stolen items were recovered. The operational team continued to work on the case, resulting in the recovery of more stolen goods in KwaMathukuza on Saturday, 6 May 2023.
Despite the successful operation, Ghafoor warned that housebreakings are on the rise and often occur during loadshedding. He emphasised that criminals take advantage of the fact that alarm systems and CCTV cameras are off during this time, and few people have backup solutions.
Therefore, he encouraged residents to consider alternative security measures to protect their homes during this difficult time.
Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the authorities immediately. The Newcastle Police Department and Newcastle Crime Fighter Task Team will continue to work tirelessly to combat crime in the area.
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