Burglars caught in chase

Police and neighbourhood watch members caught three burglary suspects, one linked to several cases, after a chase in Brackenfell and Kuils River.

According to a Facebook post on the Kuils River Community Page, the arrest was due to the mobilisation of three neighbourhood watches, three security companies, residents and police.

The woman who posted identified herself as neighbourhood watch member, and said that two of the suspects had fled over residents’ roofs.

Brackenfell police spokeswoman Captain Erica Crous said the three men, from Delft, had been caught on Thursday April 20 after a Protea Heights woman realised her neighbour’s Herte Cresent home was being burgled when she heard their dogs barking “anxiously”.

It was just before 8pm and the woman called the neighbourhood watch after spotting three men running out of her neighbour’s home. They had forced open the front door to get in.

They jumped into a red Hyundai Getz and sped off, but neighbourhood watch members and security companies cornered the getaway car in Amandel Road, Kuils River, after a 6km chase.

According to the Facebook post, the driver of the vehicle was caught.

Police confirmed this, saying neighbourhood watch members stopped him from escaping from the vehicle. The two other men, however, fled from the car and were chased on foot.

“The second suspect was apprehended minutes later by neighbourhood watch members. The third man, jumped over walls into residents’ yards and then onto the roofs of various houses,” said the woman posting on Facebook.

“Gun shots were fired but no one injured, thankfully,” the post said.

Kuils River police arrested the men who appeared in Kuils River Magistrate’s Court on Monday April 24. Captain Crous said burglary tools had been found in the car, and one of the men had been wanted in connection with two other burglary cases, in Cape Town and Bellville South.

A resident who witnessed some of the action replied in a comment on Facebook: “They jumped over our wall to our next door neighbour, where my husband spotted one of them and alerted the neighbourhood watch, who apprehended the gemors, with him crying like a flippen baby, most probably after a few lekka smackaroos.”