Vigilance of volunteer BKM patroller leads to arrest and recovery of stolen goods

11/07/2019 at approximately 12h09 a BKM resident out on a voluntary neighbourhood watch patrol called CVIC (Constantia Valley Information Centre) on the community radio – that he saw a male with a cycle climbing over a wall in Lister Way Meadowridge. FADT and Premier Security response officers, who also carry the radio, informed CVIC that they were responding. The patroller provided a clear description of the suspect.

As the Premier response officer drove past Meadowridge Park n Shop he observed the suspect riding through the parking area. As he went to approach him, the thief dropped the cycle and ran towards Wren Way.

Little did the thief realise that on the other side of Wren was a FADT response officer. He literally ran into his waiting arms. The suspect was detained. After a while the thief admitted to the response officers that he had stolen the cycle, and voluntarily went to show them the property he had stolen it from. SAPS was informed and met them at the residence. There the owner, who had been at home the whole time, oblivious to what had transpired identified the cycle as belonging to them. The resident immediately went to SAPS Diepriver CSC to open a case.

The thief will appear shortly in Wynberg court.

Clearly shows the importance and value of residents doing patrols acting as eyes and ears for their community response officers and SAPS.

#Teamwork and the power of the CVIC community radio – well done to all involved.