While police in Gqeberha are out in their numbers ensuring the safety of the people in the metro, an appeal is also made to the communities to be responsible and take the necessary precautions for their own safety as well as their property.
On 20 December 2022 at about 23:30, SAPS Humewood members arrested 6 suspects found in possession of property allegedly stolen out of a vehicle parked in the street while the driver was fast asleep.
It is alleged that police spotted a person walking in Lawrence Street in Central with 2 x 6 pack of beer in his possession. On questioning the male, he offered various explanations as to the possession which was followed up by police and confirmed to be lies. Further investigations led police to Bird Street where they found the driver still asleep with the back window, broken.
They woke up the driver who was oblivious of the break in.
Follow up investigation directed police to an accommodation in Pearson Street where 5 occupants were found (3 females and two males). All the stolen property taken from the car which included liquor, clothing and a large amount of cash was found and positively identified by the owner.
All six suspects aged between 28 and 36 years old were detained on charges of theft out of motor vehicle and possession of suspected stolen property.
They are expected to appear in court soon.
Police are appealing to people that during this time of the year, year-end parties are taking place and everyone is in the festive mood therefore arrangements must be made prior for party goers to be picked up so as to avoid situations like this when people are too drunk or tired to drive home. Valuable items should never be left in the vehicle in view of anyone.