17 nabbed in joint operation blitz

Some of the items police seized from suspects arrested during a crime crackdown in Melkbosstrand.

Police arrested 17 people in a week-long blitz to combat the string of robberies and burglaries that has plagued Melkbosstrand since the start of the year.

The joint operation with civilian crime fighters – including the neighbourhood watch, street watch committees, community police forum and security firms, ended on Friday January 27.

Melkbosstrand police spokesman Constable Debbie Alard said police had randomly searched people and vehicles during the operation.

On Saturday January 21, they arrested a man, 23, and a woman, 24, for attempted car theft after they were found in a stolen car at Haakgat, Otto du Plessis Drive.

Officers arrested a man with burglary tools, stolen property and drugs, in Reiger Street, on Sunday January 22. He was later linked to a burglary that same day in Eighth Avenue.

Police arrested four men, ranging in age from 31 to 41, for breaking into a May Crescent house, sometime between Sunday January 22 and Monday January 23, and stealing meat from a fridge.

Officers patrolling on foot confronted a man with a big bag in Narcissus Avenue, Duynefontein, on Monday January 23. The man fled when the officers searched the bag and found burglary tools and suspected stolen property. The man, who was arrested after the officers called for back-up, was linked to an earlier burglary. Two more men, also carrying a big bag, were arrested after they tried to run when officers approached them in May Street. One of the men was found hiding in a dustbin.

Police arrested two men, aged 23 and 43, with tik, in Olive Close, Melkbosstrand, on Wednesday January 25.

A 38-year-old Atlantis man was arrested at Koeberg power station for trespassing and malicious damage to property, on Thursday January 26.

A 20-year-old was arrested in Olive Close on Friday January 27 after police found dagga on him. Another man was nabbed on the same day at the MyCiTi bus stop with two parcels of dagga.

Police arrested three men, aged 18, 27 and 44, for burgling a house in Mostert Street, on Friday January 27. Officers pulled over the car the men were travelling in and seized stolen property and burglary tools.