Swift reaction by members of Rondebosch SAPS and Wynberg Cluster Crime Prevention Unit led to the arrest of two suspects a male age 35 and female age 30 on charges of possession of presumed stolen property and possession of vehicle breaking implements.
On 2019-01-04 at approximately 17:40, Rondebosch SAPS members responded to a complaint (License Plate Recognition User Group - LPRUG) alert in Rondebosch of a Blue Citi Golf with REG: CA 282271 which was sought by Cape Town Central detectives on a Cape Town Central case of theft out of motor vehicle. The members located the vehicle on Southern Exit Road (UCT) where the occupants were parked close to Rhodes Memorial Zoo Parking, a current hot spot for theft out of motor vehicles.
The members requested the assistance of Wynberg Cluster Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) to approach the vehicle. The driver of this vehicle matched the image as was captured on the CCTV footage from the Cape Town Central incident.
The vehicle was searched where after the two occupants a male age 35 and female age 30 were detained on charges of possession of presumed stolen property and possession of vehicle breaking implements. Inside the vehicle confiscated items were positively linked to a Claremont case of theft out of motor vehicle.
A Bank card was located and traced to an owner who said it was stolen in a theft out of motor vehicle incident in Claremont.
Two Garage cards were located and traced via Absa bank to the owner who reported that the cards were stolen out of his wife's car in Fife Road, Claremont a few weeks ago along with his house keys. He reports that after that the suspects may have followed him to his house in Newlands where they later used the keys to break into his house and steal electronics as well as his Toyota LDV. The housebreaking and theft and theft of motor vehicle was reported at Claremont SAPS.
The LDV was later recovered in Wetton Road abandoned.
A number of the items were found in hidden compartments throughout the vehicle. At the home of the suspect a large variety of possibly stolen items including a significant amount of electronic items were found of which ownership will be determined.
The investigation continues in identifying ownership of the confiscated items.
Both suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates court on Monday, 07 January 2019 on the mentioned charges.
Source: South African Police Service