Burglars try to sell stolen goods back to original owner

The suspect, 28, has been charged with housebreaking and being in possession of stolen goods. File photo.

The Randfontein Police and a house-owner who was a victim of a house robbery on Wednesday two weeks ago worked together to catch one of the criminals a day later.

Captain Appel Ernst, Randfontein Police’s spokesperson explained, “Officers responded to a housebreaking on Wednesday, 18 January. The suspects took the stolen goods to a pawn shop to sell them.” The irony lies in the fact that the owner of the shop is also the owner of the house they broke into, so obviously, the owner recognised his own property.

She added that the owner apprehended one of the two suspects himself . The suspect, 28, has been charged with housebreaking and being in possession of stolen goods.

He appeared in the Randfontein Magistrates’ Court on Monday 23 January. The outcome of the hearing is not known to the Herald at this stage.

Assist the Gauteng SAPS to fight fraud, corruption, unethical behaviour or any other suspicious activities that could be detrimental to our success by phoning the Gauteng Standby Provincial Duty numbers: Duty General – 082 313 8299 or Duty Brigadier – 082 444 4354.

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at randfonteinherald@caxton.co.za (remember to include your contact details) or phone us on 011 693 3671.

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