A break-in at a business premises in Winklespruit and solid intel led to the arrest of a notorious and slippery suspect, believed to be linked to several other crimes as well as six other suspects on Tuesday.

The suspects are alleged to have stolen four brand new TVs as well as a host of other items and are further alleged to have attempted to cut open the safe on the premises but failed to do so.

A representative for the Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) in Toti, George Snodey, said, “Later on in the day, someone noticed a person loading TVs into a vehicle on the R603 in Winklespruit.
He flagged a passing Metro police vehicle down and officers proceeded to investigate.

The officers suspected something was wrong and called for back-up, which soon arrived in the form of the Metro K9 unit. CCPO response, Blue and ET also responded where a known housebreaker was identified as the suspect with the TVs.

We believe that this is the suspect who we know is performing break-ins at businesses, churches etc, and disconnecting alarms when they come through the roof.

“After some intense questioning, the suspect took us to a Pakistani superette near the Winkles taxi rank where he had sold the one missing TV for R500.

“Other items were also found there in the form of brand new packs of nappies, cooldrinks, and illegal cigarettes in the back storeroom.

“All the illegal cigarettes were confiscated and the person who bought the stolen TV was also arrested. Three others, cited as illegal immigrants, were arrested for not having the required documents to be in the country.

“The persons buying the TVs next to the road were also arrested and detained.”
ET spokesman, Tony Lokker, said, “This arrest follows up on the house break-in gang arrested a couple of weeks ago.
Metro Police was alerted by a member of the public about a vehicle which had just been with TVs by the N2 / R603 on ramp.

“Metro K9, Sean Jooste, managed to stop and detain the suspects. Upon further investigation between ET TRT, Metro K9, W/O Logan Naidoo of Umkomaas SAPS and CCPO’s George Snodey, it was established that the goods were from the business break-in in Winklespruit earlier that day. Counterfeit cigarettes worth about R80, 000 were confiscated.

“This gang has been causing damage running into the millions over a long period but due to persistent good team work and policing most of this gang is behind bars.”

Snodey added, “This was a good day for crime fighters. It was also good to see the buyers being charged and locked up with the criminals.

“I commend all the crime-fighters and police personnel involved in this bust who display such dedication and go above and beyond the call of duty to fight crime.”