15 July 2019

Quick-thinking domestic worker busts Glenwood housebreaker

Glenwood housebreaker arrested by armed response officer

Arrest made in Glenwood area.

A Blue Security armed response officer arrested an alleged Glenwood housebreaker, this afternoon.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the armed response officer had responded to a panic alarm activation after the suspect gained entry into a property in the suburb. The incident occurred at around  12.30pm.

“A domestic worker, who was busy cleaning up a property that had been vacated, saw the suspect jumping into a neighbouring property and pressed a panic alarm,” Mathios said. “When the officer responded to the scene a resident from the neighbouring property advised him that the suspect, who was carrying a yellow screw driver and a grey sack, had broken into her garage and fled the scene on foot,” he said.

“The officer patrolled the suburb in search of the suspect and spotted him in Helen Joseph Road. He arrested the suspect who had three camping chairs, a vehicle jack and an extension cable which he had allegedly stolen from the garage in his possession. The goods were all identified by the resident and recovered at the scene,” Mathios said.

The suspect was handed over to members of the Umbilo SAPS who attended the scene of the crime.

Mathios commended the domestic worker for alerting the firm to the scene and the members of the Umbilo police as well as the armed response officer for the swift arrest of the alleged housebreaker. “We are committed to working closely with residents and the police in our neighbourhoods and believe that it is through strong team work that we can make a difference in the fight against crime. We urge residents to be committed to opening up cases against suspects for crimes such as trespassing and theft as left unchecked these crimes can escalate into housebreakings and armed robberies,” Mathios said.

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