Vehicle stolen from police station
eMbalenhle: Members of Secunda Flying Squad and Secunda K9 responded to a complaint whereby Constable Fodo’s room at Embalenhle SAPS barracks was burgled in the early hours of the morning and his vehicle was also stolen from the police station. The vehicle was fitted with a tracker and was activated. The vehicle was then tracked in Embalehle and a high-speed chase pursued. The vehicle was stopped and 2 suspects ran. Members chased the suspects on foot and arrested the suspects, who resisted arrest. The suspects sold all the items which were stolen including a plasma TV. All items were recovered. The suspects’ home was searched and a police bulletproof vest, pepper spray, police cap, police pocket book and 7 rubber shotgun rounds were found in his room. Cases were opened accordingly and suspects were detained at Embalehle SAPS.
Hotel fraudster sentenced
Ermelo: Oscan Ngcungama (37) was convicted of bank card fraud by Ermelo Regional Court on 9 February and sentenced to three years imprisonment with an option of an R40 000 fine.
He was arrested by members of the Hawks’ serious Commercial Crime Unit during a sting operation at Ermelo Inn Hotel in May 2009. An illegal Point of Sale device (POS) was confiscated during the arrest. Ngcungama allegedly used the device to unlawfully process customer payments.
Abandoned bicycles found
Secunda: Two bicycles were found abandoned at Umfolozi Street on 2 February. They appear to be new. If they belong to you, please visit Capt. DD Nkosi at Secunda SAPS or phone the Secunda Detectives on 017 624 2020.
Suspects appear for fraud
Secunda: Two men were arrested for an estimated R3.6m fraud and appeared in Secunda Magistrate’s Court last week.
One of the suspects is a 49-year old man who allegedly opened an investment company in Secunda in 2015. He allegedly issued pamphlets to the community with promises of interest when investing and gave investors time frames for receiving said interest. When their money was due however, offices were closed and phones remained unanswered. In total, 29 dockets were opened at Secunda SAPS.
He was allegedly assisted by a 51-year old male who was working for an insurance company. This suspect allegedly informed his insurance clients of the investment. He received commission for clients investing in the alleged scheme. According to Capt. Betina Zondo, spokesperson for Secunda SAPS, clients fell for it because the two men share a surname.
20 Years for housebreakings
Evander: Bongani Absalom Mkwanazi was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for housebreaking in Evander Regional Court on 2 February.
Mkhwanazi broke into a house in Secunda in 2016 and stole a TV, laptop, camera and other electrical appliances. He hid the bait in bushes from where he fetched them one by one to sell them. SAPS received information and arrested him in Embalenhle.
During the investigation, he was linked by fingerprints to 3 other cases that were committed in Secunda in January 2016. The sentence of 20 years is for all four cases.