Two suspects were arrested over the past two days for separate incidents of theft, one of a wheelie bin and the other of light fittings, from properties in Durban North and Umhlanga.
In the most recent incident, earlier this afternoon just after 13h00, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received a report on a WhatsApp Crime group that a suspect was busy stealing light fittings from a premises on Herrwood Drive in Umhlanga.
Multiple Armed Response Officers were dispatched and informed accordingly of the suspect’s description. A few minutes later the suspect was seen walking on Umhlanga Rocks Drive and was immediately arrested. Upon searching the suspect stolen light fittings were found in his possession.
Durban North SAPS were dispatched and arrived on scene a short while later. The suspect was handed over to the SAPS who will be charged for being in possession of suspected stolen items.
Yesterday afternoon just after 14h00 one of our Armed Response Officers noticed a suspect pushing a green wheelie on Ranleigh Crescent in the Durban North area.
Upon questioning the suspect, he could not give a reasonable explanation as to how he had the wheelie bin in his possession. The suspect was immediately detained and upon further investigation it was established that the wheelie bin had been stolen from a well known sports club on Ranleigh Crescent, after noticing special markings on the bin indicating that the wheelie bin belonged to the sports club.
The client was informed accordingly who wished to press charges against the suspect. Durban North SAPS were dispatched and arrived on scene a short while later. The suspect was handed over to SAPS who will be facing charges of theft.
We recommend residents mark their wheelie bins with a physical address, to make it easier for us to trace owners and to possibly prevent suspects from stealing them in the first place as they know there is a chance of them getting caught.