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Various successes for SAPS Clusters

Story from: The Announcer


The SAPS clusters of Port Alfred and Grahamstown made several arrests and recovered copper wire, suspected to be stolen, and a stolen vehicle that was later found to be unroadworthy during integrated operations over the past few days.

Back to Basics integrated operation yields shiny results

While the local SAPS were conducting an integrated anti-Rhino poaching vehicle checkpoint, with local rangers and members of the vehicle identification section on Friday, July 7, team members stopped a vehicle travelling from Alice to Port Elizabeth on the R67.

On searching the truck, they found a duvet cover filled with a roll of copper wire. The truck and the copper were seized and the driver was requested to furnish documentation to support his claim that he was legally transporting the copper.

The investigators also contacted the company that employed the suspect as well as Eskom.  When the suspect arrived to claim the company vehicle he was arrested as the information that he had supplied was unsupported. He was detained for being possession of suspected stolen property.

The 47-year-old male will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court soon.

Two suspects arrested in connection with house robberies

On Monday, integrated coordination by several clusters within the SAPS, Traffic Officials and   Security Services led to the arrest of two suspects who were being sought for house robberies.

At about 14h45 a manager from a Grahamstown-based security company alerted the SAPS that they were following a vehicle on the N2 from Grahamstown towards Peddie. The occupants, three males were allegedly involved in a house robbery in Grahamstown. Information regarding the vehicle was circulated through several emergency channels. Officials from Peddie, Port Alfred, East London, and Kingwilliamstown responded, setting up roadblocks, vehicle checkpoints and vigorously patrolled their routes. Information was later received that the vehicle turned off the N2 towards Hamburg on the R72 at Peddie. Still, in pursuit, the new model vehicle, entered the R72 before changing direction towards East London. Their chase ended when the driver lost control and overturned the vehicle near Kidds Beach. Two of the three suspects were arrested while the third managed to flee the scene.

The suspects who are estimated to be in their late twenties will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court later this week and face several charges including house robbery, malicious damage to property and reckless and negligent driving.

Stolen vehicle recovered within half an hour

While reporting his vehicle, as stolen members in the community service immediately circulated information of the vehicle to alert and mobilise all SAPS members within the cluster as well as emergency services.

Intense high visibility patrols were conducted on the R72 and residential areas in Alexandria.

Within a short space of time, the vehicle was found abandoned in Kwanonqubela.

No arrests have been made.

The owner of the recovered vehicle then indicated that he did not want to continue with a criminal case. Before the vehicle was returned to its owner, it was inspected by the local traffic officers and the SAPS issued a fine for an unroadworthy vehicle as the licence discs expired in 2015 and had not been renewed.

Port Alfred Cluster Commander Brigadier Morgan Govender praised all the members and services involved shortly after the incident: “Teamwork can only yield positive results. The commitment and dedication shown by our cluster on a daily basis have certainly enhanced our service delivery to the community. Continue to serve with pride and dignity.”

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