PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Plett authorities have had a busy time of late, with the past two weeks particularly busy following several incidents of crime.
Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) operations head Otto Olivier said they were alerted to an attempted burglary in Julia Avenue at about 04:00 on Monday 22 March. "[Two suspects] were deterred by a Plett security officer and fled towards Poortjies," he said.
Plett Security and Smhart Security response officers gave chase and apprehended both near the Lemon Grass Restaurant at Lookout Beach. Olivier said several tools usually used in burglaries were found in their possession. The suspects were handed over to police.
PBCPA chair Sally Turner said there were also several burglaries in the Kwanokuthula area over the past two weeks. On Friday 19 March, the Kwano Crime Prevention Squad followed up leads which led them to an informal house where they found several items believed to have been stolen. These items included a gas stove and gas bottles.
"The suspects however ran away," Turner said.
Some of the items were returned to their owners and the rest were handed over to police.
The PBCPA's Waldo Olivier said on 13 March an off-duty Kwanokuthula police officer was in the parking area of the Engen garage in Poortjies when he saw suspicious activity in the garage convenience store.
"When he approached, he saw a person pointing something that looked like a weapon at the staff, ushering them outside," he said. The officer tackled the suspect in an attempt to disarm him while petrol attendants aided him.
"At that moment I passed the garage, saw the commotion at the convenience store, requested assistance, stopped and gave support," said Olivier. The suspect was apprehended. It turned out that the suspect pretended to have a weapon, but did not.
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