Four armed housebreaking suspects were apprehended and arrested on June 5, 2015 at dawn in Glenashley in a joint effort between Marshall Security’s Special Operations Team (SOT), Marshall reaction officers and the Durban North SAPS.
The team responded when they were alerted to the house robbery that occurred at about 05:30 and rushed to the scene.
A number of Marshall Security’s vehicles and the SAPS Durban North had been conducting a joint crime prevention operation in the area earlier when the call came through.
Four men had broken into a property in Doreen Crescent and a flat screen TV, cellphone, laptop and other items were taken after holding up and threatening the resident at knife-point.
On arrival, the victim told Marshall Security’s team in which direction the suspects had fled and the park off Bill Simpson Road was surrounded.
“While members of Marshall Security were at the park they were informed that an iPhone had been taken and they were able to track it,” Tyron Powell said.
“I managed to track it to a bushy area and the signal indicated that the suspects appeared to be on the move and pinpointed an address in David Avenue.”
A chase ensued and Powell apprehended one suspect and recovered a laptop. The other men were pursued by another of Marshall Security’s team – Zandre Grobler – into the park. He arrested a second suspect.
The last two men (armed with knives) confronted one of Marshall Security’s reaction officers in the park, shots were fired and they too were arrested. The suspects sustained gunshot wounds to the legs.
The victim’s iPhone was found on the one suspect. The men then pointed out where the stolen flat screen television had been hidden. A bolt-cutter, screwdrivers and further knives were also found in the suspects’ possession.
“The team effort between Marshall Security and Durban North SAPS definitely contributed to the successful arrests of the suspects,” Powell added.
The injured robbers were treated at the scene and transported to receive further medical treatment under police guard and the remaining two arrested suspects were taken to Durban North Police Station to be detained.
It is believed that the suspects have been involved in similar crimes in the area in recent months.
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