Cops slam brakes on thieves

Goodwood police arrested a 38-year-old man for theft out of a vehicle, after finding him under a car in Cook Street on Sunday April 16.

Goodwood SAPS spokesman Captain Waynne Theunis said Warrant Officer Marius Swartz and Constable Sheryl Combrink had been on patrol when they noticed a white VW Golf with an open bonnet.

They found the man under the car and noticed that the battery had been removed.

“Warrant officer Swartz decided to enquire at the door and found the owner not even knowing what was going on outside,” said Captain Theunis.

When the owner investigated, he found the car’s speakers and radio had been removed. At the suspect’s house, the cops found the stolen goods in his room.

“It is alleged that the suspect stole the speakers and (radio) and returned for the car battery,” said Captain Theunis.

The man appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on a charge of theft out of motor vehicle.

* Members of the Goodwood Crime Prevention Unit arrested two suspects, aged 21 and 32, for possession of a stolen vehicle on Tuesday April 18, in Wiener Street.

The occupants of a Toyota Corolla raised the suspicion of the cops when they kept on looking back at the officers.

The cops pulled over the vehicle and found a broken gear lock on the passenger seat.

A strange key in the ignition also alerted the members, said Captain Theunis.

He said officers found a letter in the car which helped to trace the owner in Kensington, who had reported his vehicle stolen an hour before.

The suspects appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on a charge of possession of stolen motor vehicle.

* Goodwood police secured the arrests of two suspects for theft of a motor vehicle. According to a statement from SAPS, Sergeant Linda Halam and Constable Marco Solomon were on patrol in Goodwood Street on Thursday April 20, when someone alerted them to a suspicious Nissan Bakkie.

They rushed to the scene and observed the bakkie in a driveway with a car battery in the back.

“Not long after two suspects returned to the bakkie, they could not account for the battery. The investigation of the members led them to a house in Alice Street where they found a VW Golf without a battery,” said Captain Theunis.

They traced the owner, who lived around the corner from where the Golf was found. The owner then realised that his Golf was stolen from his driveway.

“It is alleged that the suspects could not start the Golf, pushed it and stole the battery,” said Captain Theunis.

The suspects appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court.