Aquadene CPF recover stolen property

Bay Alarms Officer Wiseman Gumede and Aquadene CPF Chairperson Phillip Stainbank with the recovered stolen property

QUICK reaction by Aquadene Community Policing Forum (CPF) led to the recovery of a firearm and a host of items, which were stolen during a house burglary in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A property in Amoracia Angle street, Aquadene was burgled between 3am and 6am where suspects broke a kitchen window and gained entry into the premises.

They fled with a television, clothing, cellphones, shoes and liquor.

A firearm was also recovered with the stolen clothing and shoes

According to CPF Chairperson Phillip Stainbank, he was alerted to the burglary at about 7am and after a quick patrol into the nearby bush with Bay Alarms Officer Wiseman Gumede, they discovered all the items hidden in the bushes.

‘There were footprints from the house leading to the main road, we followed them into the bush and found all the stolen items wrapped in a carpet.

‘Inside one of the bags we discovered a firearm and made contact with a previous burglary victim who was robbed of her weapon a few weeks ago.

‘She confirmed by the serial number that is was her firearm and all the items were taken to the Richards Bay SAPS and a case was opened.

‘The CPF and community members have increased patrols in the suburb from midnight owing to the increase in residential burglaries.

‘We are appealing to residents to secure their premises and not to leave any belongings outside their houses.

‘Bay Alarms is also assisting us with night patrols and are offering a free service to the schools within the suburb.’

Meanwhile, the burglary victim Norman Persent said that criminals also had a meal during the robbery, helping themselves to some food as well as a bottle of liquor.

‘We are grateful that none of our family members woke up during the break-in as the criminals were armed with a weapon.

‘They walked into our bedrooms and removed the cellphones and tablet, which were on our headboard. We could have easily woken up while they were inside the house.

‘In the children’s rooms the thieves emptied out their school bags and packed in clothing and shoes,’ said Persent.


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