Table View cops nab suspected burglars

Table View police and armed response have nabbed three suspects for house break-ins in several areas.

On Monday SAPS received information that a vehicle used in house break-ins was driving in Blaauwberg Road towards the West Coast Road.

According to Captain Adriana Chandler, a search started with armed response and police for the vehicle.

“A few moments later, the vehicle, with three occupants, was observed and communication between the role-players continued.

“The vehicle drove into a security vehicle in an attempt to evade arrest, but was immediately stopped. The vehicle was approached with caution and the occupants were instructed to exit the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and officers discovered a flat screen television, other electronic devices and jewellery inside the vehicle. The registration number of the vehicle did not match the licence disk,” said Captain Chandler.

She said a Kuils River resident reported a house burglary earlier the same morning. Footage taken at the resident’s home show that it was the same vehicle.

“A short while later, the property found inside the vehicle was linked to a house break-in which had occurred in Hawk Crescent, Flamingo Vlei, Table View, the same day. The vehicle has also been linked to house break-ins in the Bellville area,” she said.

The suspects, all in their early 20s, were taken to Table View police station and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court after being charged.

“The Milnerton Cluster Commander, Major General Aneeqah Jordaan, has expressed her gratitude towards the partners who assisted the SAPS members in the apprehension of the suspects. Those who provided police with information about the vehicle is applauded for their part in the apprehension of the suspects,” said Captain Chandler.

Bothasig police arrested a man for breaking into a house in Visagie Street in Bothasig on Monday. According to Warrant Officer Jacques Mostert from Bothasig police station, SAPS were on patrol when they were informed about the house break-in in progress.

“Vigilant community members had spotted an unfamiliar person in the area going onto the premises. Shortly thereafter they heard the sounds of breaking glass and immediately called Bothasig police,” said Warrant Officer Mostert. The suspect was arrested as he exited the residence and SAPS members also checked the property to ensure no other suspects were hiding inside. “A case of house break-in was opened and the suspect, a 36-year-old man, arrested and detained. He is soon to appear at Goodwood Magistrate’s Court. The Bothasig station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Jacobs, commended everyone on the good work. He said the co-operation between the police and the community is proving to be a huge success time after time,” said Warrant Officer Mostert.

He said Colonel Jacobs commended neighbourhood watches and Bothasig SAPS for partnering up during the festive season and school holidays for crime prevention operations.

“An example was a high density operation last week which was arranged by SAPS but well supported by members from the various neighbourhood watches, security companies and the members from the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement department. There was a total of 64, excluding members from SAPS,” he said.