An off duty police Constable from SAPS Walmer was integral in securing the arrest of four suspects in Kwazakele as well as the recovery of a stolen vehicle and other property on the night of12 July 2022.
It is alleged that on Tuesday evening, 12 July 2022 at about 21:15 Constable Ramano Naidu was at an Action Centre in Willow Road in Fairview when he noticed a commotion outside.
On enquiring, he was informed that a silver Isuzu Frontier bakkie was stolen from the premises. The vehicle was not fitted with a tracker however the owner’s cellphone was in the bakkie.
Immediately Constable Naidu alerted his colleagues from the K9 Unit and guided them as to the movements of the cellphone. K9 members, W/O Shaun Dicks and Sgt Nico Carelson spotted the vehicle in Njoli Street in Kwazakele. As they approached the bakkie, the occupants jumped out and jumped into another vehicle.
The K9 unit members pursued after the vehicle and succeeded in stopping it.
Four suspects aged between 31 and 40 years old were arrested and detained on a charge of theft of motor vehicle. All the property that was in the bakkie was recovered.
A CZ pistol with 39 rounds, belonging to one of the suspects was also seized.
Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Maj Gen Vuyisile Ncata commended the excellent synergy between Const Naidu and his K9 colleagues. ‘ A police officer is never off duty and a dedicated and committed officer will always place his life and time above his own while acting in the interest of citizens. The expeditious actions by the K9 members is an excellent example that criminals can run but they cannot hide,’ complimented Maj Gen Ncata.