Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the firm’s team of armed response officers in the local dedicated vehicle had received a tip off from a community member that a suspect had been spotted hiding on a vacant plot that the community uses to play football. The incident occurred at around 3.30pm.
“The officers immediately proceeded to the plot where they spotted the suspect and gave chase. The officers managed to arrest the suspect and recover the stolen goods including tinned fish, beans, margarine and polony that he had stolen from a local resident,” Mathios said.
“The victim confirmed that the goods had been stolen from his house just after he had arrived home with them. Our officers handed the suspect over to members of the Bayview SAPS who attended the scene of the crime,” he said.
A case of theft was opened against the suspect. Mathios commended the community and officers for their strong team work.
“By working closely with the local community we have managed to strengthen the fight against crime in Silverglen. We hope that this latest arrest sends a message to criminals that crime will not be tolerated on our watch.”
“We also would like to encourage residents to take the time to open cases against suspects following arrests for crimes like opportunistic theft and trespassing to ensure that criminals are forced to face the consequences of their actions before they move on to commit more serious crimes,” he said.