Brooklyn police, community partnership yields results

The Brooklyn police have credited effective partnership with its local community for recent arrests.

Spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said two men were arrested on Sunday for attempted car theft following a tip-off from a car guard in Hillcrest.

“On Sunday, around 19:30, an informal car guard in Herold Street noticed an unknown man inside a white Toyota Yaris.

He immediately called the police and upon arrival, they caught two suspects red-handed while trying to steal the vehicle,” she said.

Weilbach said the arrest of the two Mamelodi men, aged 37 and 41 was made possible thanks to a campaign the police station had embarked on a few months ago that gave car guards direct assess to the police in an effort to eliminate crime.

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“The programme entails life skills training, crime tendencies and information sharing meetings. The car guards committed themselves to be the eyes and ears of the police in an effort to curb vehicle related crimes.”

In another success, a 31-year-old house robber was nabbed in Lynnwood on Thursday.

Weilbach said the police and a CSI Security officer, part of the Brooklyn security forum, attended to a complaint in Lynnwood Glen.

“While they were busy with their investigation, a domestic worker ran to them and informed them about a possible house breaking in progress in Kasteel Street,” said Weilbach.

“This was just around the corner from where the officers were so they immediately responded and two suspects were spotted in the yard loading a stolen TV into their vehicle.

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“One was arrested and the other managed to escape.”

Weilbach said major success for the her police station’s partnership with the community was the arrest of a 49-year-old man by security officers at the Menlyn mall on Friday.

“The man from Soshanguve was arrested for theft out of motor vehicles after being identified on CCTV footage,” Weilbach said.

“The suspect was handed over to the Brooklyn police.”

Weilbach said said her station commander, Brigadier Kushie Nair, was extremely proud of these successes.

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