14 April 2020

Rooftop Bust: Criminals Connected to Umbilo Business Break-ins Arrested

Blue Security tactical units and reaction officers successfully arrested two suspects on Sunday morning in Umbilo.

The men are connected to a number of similar incidents at business premises in and around the area. “The arrests followed an incident early on Sunday morning when our tactical units responded to a call for help following a business break-in, in Umbilo Road,” said Blue Security Tactical Ambassador for Umbilo and Durban North, Darrel Moodley. “Upon arrival they noticed that a front window had been broken. Whilst parked outside the premises, to await the client, they noticed two men walking towards them carrying various housebreaking implements,” Moodley said.

“One of the suspects then attempted to flee during questioning. A chase ensued – and with the assistance of Umbilo SAPS and Metro – culminated in the successful apprehension and arrest of the suspect on the roof of a block of flats in Moore Road,” Moodley said.  The second suspect was also successfully arrested and detained at Umbilo SAPS.

“Further investigations revealed that a computer server had been removed from the scene of the activation as well as the cash register forced open. The two suspects have also been identified and linked, via evidential CCTV footage, to an earlier break-in at a tyre-fitment business nearby,” Moodley said. A case of theft has been opened and is under investigation.

In a second break-in incident in Isipingo on Sunday morning, a Blue Security reaction officer responded to an activation at a business in the area. “On inspection it was discovered that the lock had been broken and the security gate forced open,” Moodley said.

“An internal check revealed that gas cylinders, regulators and other stock items had been taken. After a search of the surrounding area our reaction officer was successful in recovering two regulators and a cooking head, which were returned to the business owner,” Moodley said. Members of Isipingo SAPS attended the scene and a case has been opened.

“Quieter roads with less foot traffic may make it easier for criminals to target non-essential businesses, especially on weekends and public holidays,” Moodley said. “Business owners should endeavor to assess or install security systems on the premises to add extra detection and surveillance protection during these times,” Moodley said.

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