A 48-year-old man has been caught after he allegedly tried to steal a computer from the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday 11 January. According to police, he attempted to make off with the machine under the guise of a technician. Even worse, the man is allegedly linked to other incidents of theft. 

COURT OFFICIAL NOTICES UNKNOWN MAN REMOVING COMPUTER FROM OFFICE 

It is alleged that on 11 January 2021 at 14:00, an official at the Durban Magistrate’s Court noticed an unknown man removing a computer from one of the offices. 

“When he was approached and questioned he stated that he was a technician and was hired to fix the computers. The staff member got suspicious and summoned the police,” said Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

“The Durban Central police responded swiftly and upon further questioning of the suspect, it was discovered that the suspect is actually a con artist who steals from government offices under the pretext of being a technician,” added Mbele.  

On further investigation, it was discovered that the same suspect was attending court for a theft case which took place in 2019 at the provincial offices.   

SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO STEAL COURT PROPERTY WILL BE PROFILED 

According to Mbele, the suspect will also be profiled to ascertain whether he is linked to other burglary business crimes committed in the Durban CBD and its surroundings.

According to Mbele, he allegedly stole a laptop from Metro Police offices in Feb 2020 and from a Durban hotel. 

“He uses the same modus operandi as a technician and if he sees an opportunity he takes it and steals” added Mbele. 

ALLEGED BUSINESS BURGLAR NABBED BY POLICE IN SEPARATE INCIDENT 

A 35-year-old suspect was expected to appear before the Mtubatuba Magistrates’ Court on Monday facing business robbery charges. On 8 January 2021 at 22:00, police officers from Mtubatuba police station were alerted about an alleged robbery at Memosa Avenue, in Mtubatuba and they immediately responded. 

Upon arrival at the scene, the police noticed that the door was damaged and that entry was gained through the sliding door. 

“A search was conducted at the premises and the suspect was found hiding in the toilet. When he was searched, a bunch of different keys was found in his possession. The suspect was immediately placed under arrest and was taken to Mtubatuba police station for further processing,” said Mbele. 

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the police members for their quick response and the arrest of the suspect.

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Presh JM Reporter

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