APEL – Limpopo South African Police Service implemented operational strategies to curb burglaries around schools have once again yielded positive results after the recovery of various properties in the Apel area.
Police said the recovery of the items followed an incident that occurred at Ga-Nchabeleng village in the Apel area whereby it was alleged police received a report of a burglary incident that occurred at one of the local schools on 23 October 2018 between 00:00 and 03:00 in the morning.
According to police, later that evening on the same day, police were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious Toyota Quantum parked next to one of the schools. Police confronted the occupants of the minibus and the suspects drove off from which a car chase ensued until at a river where the culprits abandoned the vehicle and vanished into the dark on foot.
Constable Maphure Manamela, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said two overhead projectors, six computers, six laptops, a Plasma TV, Hybrid amplifier, and speaker, two heavy duty extension cords, iron scissors, crowbar, six grinding discs and four pairs of hand gloves were recovered.
Manamela informed that the origin and destination of the items was subject to police investigations.
“Police have since launched a manhunt for suspects involved in this matter and an appeal to members of the community with information to contact Captain Rasedile at 082 414 1474, police emergency number 08600 10111, the crime Sms line 32211 or the nearest police station.
Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has applauded the officers for their swift reaction.
“Any form of criminality in and around schools’ premises will not be tolerated and we are ready to take criminals on,” concluded Ledwaba.
Police investigations are ongoing.