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Smash-and-grab thieves caught on camera

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File photo: Three smash-and-grab suspects who operated at the Vanguard and Bonteheuwel intersection have been nabbed by metro police who tracked them down using camera images.

Cape Town - Three smash-and-grab suspects who operated at the Vanguard and Bonteheuwel intersection have been nabbed by metro police who tracked them down using camera images.

They were arrested in Langa after police conducted a door-to-door campaign over the weekend.

The three men were arrested in the Kosovo informal settlement in Langa close to the Vanguard and Bonteheuwel intersection

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The metro police cameras and response unit took the images and conducted a door-to-door search in Kosovo.

A resident tipped the police off about the whereabouts of one of the suspects who then led police to his two accomplices.

One of the suspects arrested was wanted by the police on charges of attempted murder and robbery.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said: “It takes a few minutes to commit a smash-and-grab crime and it is easy for perpetrators to hide out in the informal settlements.”

Smith said some of the goods confiscated on Saturday were phones, credit cards, a packet of tik and tools used for car break-ins.

One of the stolen phones was traced to Hermanus, he said.

“This is a very significant breakthrough. Smash-and-grab incidents continue to be of grave concern to the city, particularly because it is so difficult to track down the suspects and get complainants to lay charges and stay the course during the very long, arduous legal processes.”

He reminded motorists to be vigilant on the roads and especially when stopping at intersections.

“Smash-and-grab perpetrators are opportunistic criminals and we’d like to remind the public to keep their valuables out of sight when driving.”

He said there were far too many cases in which motorists were driving with items like handbags, laptops and other electronic devices in plain sight.

“Please keep them in the boot of your vehicle while driving to avoid becoming a statistic,” he said.

zodidi.dano@inl.co.za

Cape Argus


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