Men in blue praised for nabbing Bluff Industrial flower thieves

Seen are Cnst M Raoof, Insp Heith Morrison, W/O G Strydon, Cnst S Radebe and Cnst T Govender.

Five suspects, aged between 36 and 55, were arrested and charged for theft from truck in the Brighton Beach Policing prescient, recently.

Inspector Heath Morison of the Metro K9 Unit was travelling along Bluff Road, South bound, to his place of employment when he noticed a white VW Transporter with no number plates parked alongside a blue trailer with the tarpaulin removed exposing white nylon bags containing industrial flower visible.

Communications officer of Brighton Beach SAPS, Cpt Louise Le Roux said, “The off-duty Metro officer noticed individuals on top of the trailer, passing these white nylon bags onto individuals who were placing them into the stationary VW Transporter vehicle from the inside door. The Metro officer parked his vehicle off upon which he contacted his commanding officers informing them of the situation, requesting back-up, while monitoring the group of men closely.”

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Upon concluding the transfer of the bags of industrial flower into the VW Transporter, the group of five men proceeded along Bluff Road in a westerly direction along Bluff Road.

Inspector Heath Morrison followed the vehicle with five occupants as they proceeded towards the M4 freeway. As the VW transporter turned left onto the M4 freeway, the vehicle came to a halt.

One of the occupants alighted from the vehicle and placed number plates into the front and rear number plate brackets. The vehicle then proceeded along the M4 freeway with Inspector Heath Morison following them closely.

The said vehicle was blocked near the old Clairwood Racecourse by Metro K9 Unit members and Umlazi K9 Unit members, who responded to Inspect Heath Morrison’s call for assistance.

The 34 bags of industrial flower was positively identified by the owner, and returned.

The five males, between the ages of 36 and 55, are facing charges of theft from truck, and will appear in court shortly.

There had been several incidents of theft from trucks within the Brighton Beach Policing prescient over the past few months. The modus operandi of this group indicates that this arrest will lead to linkages of other incidents in the area.

Brighton Beach SAPS management acknowledges the vigilance of Inspector Heath Morrison of the Metro K9 Unit.

Supt G Bevan, Cpt M Raoof, Cnst T Govender of Metro and Umlazi K9 Unit member W/O G Stardom and Cnst S Radebe are acknowledged for their roles in securing the arrest of the five men and recovery of the stolen goods.

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Nikita Chiniah
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