3 October 2019

Intelligence sharing leads to arrest of wanted Hillcrest housebreakers

A Hillcrest SAPS task team with the support and assistance of Blue Security’s Highway Tactical team have arrested two housebreaking suspects who have been targeting homes in the upper highway area, in recent months.

Blue Security’s Highway tactical ambassador Russel Lawson said the police and security firm had been searching the Highway area for the suspects who were wanted in connection with several housebreaking incidents in Hillcrest and Gillitts. The suspects were arrested early this morning.

“The police received information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects and found one of the suspects at the Hillcrest taxi rank with stolen goods in his possession and another suspect was tracked to an abandoned house near the M13. We provided support to the task team during the arrests,” he said.

Some of the items recovered in the arrest.

Lawson said items recovered included stereo speakers, flat screen televisions, a bicycle and a range of electric tools. “The suspects were taken into custody to the Hillcrest police station and the recovered stolen goods were also removed from the scene,” he said.

“The strong team work in sharing intelligence and supporting the police in their crime fighting work led to this arrest and we are looking forward to making further arrests in future,” he said. Lawson said the firm’s tactical team was committed to proactively policing the Highway area and to working closely with he police and neighbourhood watch groups to fight crime.

“We encourage residents to get involved in the fight against crime by swiftly reporting any information to us regarding crime and any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood so that we can respond quickly,” he said.

Lawson added that in an unrelated incident in Hillcrest early this morning housebreakers had forced their way into a property by jumping over the perimeter fence and forcing their way into the garage. “The suspects ransacked the garage and fled with an electric drill, an extension cable and three jackets,” he said. Hillcrest SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

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