Security officers in and around Hermanus have arrested three suspects in recent weeks, in connection with various cases involving robbery, theft and housebreaking. The Hermanus Public Protection (HPP) team was involved in two of the arrests, while the third was carried out by an armed response officer with Fidelity ADT.
“In the most recent incident, the CCTV operators at HPP reported that they saw two men close to Harbour Road who were carrying what appeared to be a computer, a hard drive and a safe,” explains Marius Boshoff, Hermanus branch manager at Fidelity ADT. HPP is supported by Fidelity ADT.
“The camera operators observed how the suspects loaded the items into a car and drove off. A description of the vehicle and its location was communicated to security officers on patrol and it was soon located and stopped.”
With the assistance of Hermanus SAPS, it was confirmed that the items had allegedly been stolen. One suspect managed to evade apprehension, but his accomplice was taken into custody.
“In the second incident, a minor was taken into custody in connection with an alleged theft off of a motor vehicle in Westcliff. He was apprehended by an HPP patroller who saw the alleged suspect walking along a road carrying 4 wheel caps which were later confirmed as having been stolen,” says Boshoff.
Meanwhile, a suspect was also apprehended in nearby Onrus after reports were received of suspicious activity in the area.
“One of our officers heard reports of suspicious persons wandering around the area, which was soon followed by a panic alarm activation in Duke Street. When he investigated, he encountered two unidentified suspects running out of a garage. One was taken into custody for further investigation,” says Boshoff.