Good news abounds on the crime fighting front this week with three success stories.
The first success occurred on Wednesday, May 1, 2003, when a resident of Woolsack residence alerted CPS about a suspicious looking male wandering around the residence. CPS officers found the suspect in the residence and confiscated various items including two student cards, various credit cards, a knife and a cell phone, all of which were identified as stolen property. The suspect was handed over to the Rondebosch Police together with the stolen goods and he made his first appearance in court on Monday, May 5, 2003.
A housebreaking and attempted theft at North Grange Flats, a UCT residence, was averted on Sunday, May 4, 2003, when CPS officers responding to a call from a CCTV surveillance operator arrested two suspects. One suspect had been found loitering outside the flats while the other had jumped from the balcony of a second floor flat. Upon further investigation inside the flat it was found that a Hi-Fi system and a pillowcase filled with various items had been stashed under a bed. The two suspects were handed over to the Mowbray Police.
The third incident involved an observant student who, after noticing her black drawing bag (filled with her drawing equipment) had been stolen from her Baxter Hall room, proceeded to check fellow students' bags in one of her lectures as most students used blue drawing bags and not black ones. She observed a student with a black bag and after searching the bag found it to be hers. (The owner's initials had been engraved on various items and a purchase slip, with the student's name on, were found inside the bag). Further investigations revealed the suspect carried out reception duties at the residence and had access to a master key to the student's room.