SCOTTBURGH POLICE ARREST WANTED THIEF
By Nushera Soodyal
A suspect appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates Court on Thursday, facing burglary charges.
Officials arrested a housebreaking suspect and recovered property on Wednesday morning. The suspect, Adolpheus Popo Mzimela (31), was spotted by officials at Magma Security who were travelling on the R102 Old Main Road in Pennington.
The officials who subsequently learnt about the stolen property, noticed Mzimela behaving suspiciously. They were notified that property was stolen at a house in Oyster Drive. Mzimela was alleged to have been carrying bags which contained stolen property as he emerged on to the main road in the Penvalley Area.
After they stopped to interview him, Magma Security said that they found that he was in possession of two laptops, a pair of shoes, a cosmetic case and headphones. The incident happened when the complainant left her house and had gone to drop off her children at school in the early morning and on arrival approximately an hour later, she realized that her house had been broken into.
Mzimela and the recovered property were handed over to the SAPS immediately.
Bail was denied and Mzimela will remain in police custody. It is also believed that the accused is also wanted on a warrant of arrest after he skipped bail in a burglary case in Berea, Durban.
“As our crime-fighting partners, Magma Security officials work very closely with our members and have notched up a number of successes in terms of arrests and recoveries. The visibility of private security officials during their patrols definitely helps to deter crime and we welcome NGO’s with the common objective of combating crime, to work hand-in-hand with us to keep our communities safe,” said SAPS Scottburgh Commander Lieutenant Colonel Praga Naicker.