House break-in suspect swiftly apprehended in Sherwood

A Sydenham SAPS officer together with the arrested suspect.

An alleged house break-in suspect was stopped in his tracks and swiftly arrested after he was spotted exiting the Sherwood Park by a super-sleuth member of the Combined Community Watch, during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Domenic King can often be patrolling the streets at night, on the lookout for possible suspects. On that specific night, King was patrolling in Grindrod when he heard several dogs barking uncontrollably in Harris Crescent.

“I immediately knew that we had ‘midnight shoppers’ in the vicinity. As I proceeded to Sparks Road, I noticed the suspect exiting the Sherwood Park. He was in possession of an angle-grinder,” he explained.

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King further stated that when he questioned the suspect about the angle-grinder, the suspect informed him that he found lying on the side of the road. Knowing that something was amiss, King proceeded to search the suspect for weapons.

“The suspect then pulled out a long dagger. I disarmed him as fast as I could. Luckily, W/O Sewraj and Cnst Biyela and his dedicated team from the Sydenham SAPS were patrolling in the area. The suspect was handed over to the vigilant men in blue for further investigation,” King added.

After further questioning, the suspect confessed to breaking into a house on Harris Crescent. “It is believed that he was caught at the very same house on Monday night and after breaking loose, he fled and promised to return and ‘finish the job’. Sadly, for him, he did not expect to bump into us,” he continued.

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According to King, the suspect is also linked to other house break-in cases in the area. He extended his sincere gratitude to the Sydenham SAPS officers and praised them for their efficiency and determination.

“They are a team of dedicated individuals, who put their community first and I must commend them for always assisting us when we require assistance during our patrols. The men and women in blue of Sydenham SAPS have my utmost respect and I once again thank them for keeping true to the police oath,” King concluded.

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Elaine Naidoo
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