BUYING STOLEN GOODS IS A CRIME: Police Warn Public About Buying Stolen Property
Media Statement from Eastern Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
Police in Port Elizabeth is sending out a stern warning to the public that buying suspected stolen property is an offence and they may be arrested and charged if found in possession of such property.
This alert is issued after police noticed that electronic equipment mainly TV’s, laptops, Ipads and cellphones are being stolen by criminals who break into residential premises or enter property while the
owners are at home and are robbed.
During the early hours of this morning, in separate incidents, 3TV’s , 3 cellphones, a laptop and an Ipad including jewellery was taken by robbers who entered the homes of residents and robbed them.
In the first incident, at about 01:00 this morning, the 43 year complainant was awakened by noises inside her house in Seaview. The 2 unknown males threatened her with a knife and took 3TV’s, a laptop and 2 cell phones. It is alleged that entry was gained by forcing a sliding door opened.
In the second incident, at about 02:00, a 39-year-old complainant and his family was also held at knife point after 3 unknown males entered their home in Lorraine. The complainant’s wife also woke up to noises and when she went to investigate, she was confronted by the 3 males and shoved into the bedroom and they were tied up. The suspects stole an iPad, cellphone and various items of jewellery. It is alleged that entry was gained by opening the back door through an open window.
Police is urging second hand dealers and pawn shops to immediately alert them as soon as anyone comes in to sell a TV or other items that may appear suspicious. At the same time, the community is advised to reject any goods that they may suspect to have been stolen and immediately report the matter to the police. Never buy expensive goods at bargain prices from dealers with dubious credentials or from any unknown person. Homeowners are also advised never to leave door keys hanging in the door. This makes for easy access into the house.
Media enquiries: Col Priscilla Naidu - 071 362 8726