This morning just before 09h00, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received an alert from a WhatsApp Crime Alert Group about an incident initially reported as an Armed Robbery at a non-client’s premises on Gelderland Road in the Umgeni Park area.
Our Multiple Armed Response Officers and members of our Special Operations Team were immediately dispatched to scene. Upon arrival, it was established that it was not an Armed Robbery, but a House Breaking and Theft. The suspects had forcibly opened a garage window to gain entry and had fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of valuable goods, escaping on foot into a nearby bush.
Members of our Special Operations Team immediately followed up on this information of the last know location of the suspects. A short while later the suspects were then spotted on the fence line of the bush on High Grove.
The assistance for the SAPS Durban K9 Unit was immediately requested who arrived on scene within minutes to assist.
After an extremely lengthy and vast search in the thick vegetation of the bush the suspects were unfortunately no where to be found.
While the owner of the premises did not express a desire to open a case, we would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of doing so in such incidents. Filing a police report is a crucial step, not only for legal proceedings but also for contributing significantly to ongoing community safety and crime prevention efforts.
This operation, though not resulting in an arrest, stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of our team and the SAPS Durban K9 Unit in ensuring the safety of our community. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community members for their invaluable assistance and the refreshments provided after the search.