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Suspect learns “there is no running away” from Hermanus security officers

Suspect learns “there is no running away” from Hermanus security officers

A suspect has been charged with possession of suspected stolen property, thanks to an alert Hermanus public safety officer.

“One of the Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) officers was on patrol in Eastcliff when he saw a man walking along the main road. It was very early in the morning and the man’s demeanor raised suspicion which prompted the officer to stop and question him,” explains Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager for Fidelity ADT.

HPP is a ratepayer funded initiative in partnership with Fidelity ADT.

“The officer searched the bag that the man was carrying, which led to the discovery of several computer and electronic items. At this point, the unidentified man dropped the bag and fled.” Inside the bag was a laptop, a tablet computer, headphones, charging cables and a laptop bag.

A description of the alleged suspect was broadcast over the area’s radio network, and members from two local neighborhood watches joined the search. Aerial drones were also launched to assist.

A short while later, the suspect was located in the CBD and apprehended before he was escorted to Hermanus SAPS.

“One of the HPP officers mentioned to the SAPS that he was aware of a burglary that was reported in Voelklip a few hours earlier and told them that the electronic items discovered on the suspect seemed similar to the items that had been reported stolen. The complainant in the burglary case was asked to come to the police station to possible identity the items,” says Boshoff.

The complainant arrived at the police station and positively identified the items as his, and the suspect was arrested and charged with the possession of suspected stolen property.

In a separate incident two days earlier, HPP officers responded to a report of shoplifting at a clothing store in the CBD.

A description of the alleged female shoplifter was shared with all patrolling HPP officers, and she was later located on Long Street with the jacket she allegedly stole still in her possession.

Boshoff says she was handed over into police custody.

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