Suspected house robber nabbed

Cape Town Central police arrested a man for possession of suspected stolen property and possession of housebreaking implements last week.

On Friday February 15, Law Enforcement auxiliary officers based in the city centre were given information about a car suspected to be involved in recent residential burglaries in Tamboerskloof.

The spokesperson for Cape Town Central police, Captain Ezra October, said the car was last seen heading into Camps Bay.

The law enforcement officers as well as Tamboerskloof neighbourhood watch members scanned Camps Bay and saw the car parked in the road unoccupied.

The driver returned 45 minutes later, and law enforcement officers followed the car until Buitengracht Street, where it was pulled over.

“Upon questioning the very nervous driver, officers found an iMac Computer in the front passenger seat foot well. A further search of the vehicle lead to the discovery of another laptop, key board, mouse and power cables.”

He said the man was unable to answer for the goods and was arrested and charged with possession of suspected stolen property and possession of housebreaking implements.

While completing the
paperwork, neighbourhood watch members managed to locate the house that was broken into and contacted
the owners who were away, but confirmed that stolen items matched the description of their belongings.

The owners will be opening a case of house breaking, said Captain October.

On Saturday February 16, Cape Town Central police arrested a man for snatching a chain at the intersection of Buitengracht and Hans Strydom Drive.

The man fled after he grabbed the chain but a City Central Improvement District guard chased and caught him and took him back to the complainant, who laid a charge of theft with police.

The man was arrested and detained at the station. Later, on the same day, two women were also robbed of their chains on the Grand Parade. The men have not been arrested.

Two men were caught by CCID officers robbing tourists at an ATM on the corner of Bree and Leeuwen streets using the “card swopper” method.

The men were arrested and charged with robbery.

Over the weekend, police arrested six people for possession of drugs and confiscated three mandrax pills; two crushed mandrax pills; one lolly with a packet of tik and a bottleneck with crushed mandrax inside.