21 vagrants arrested in Menlyn

Right: Warrant Officer Dominique Dubell. Left: Sergeant Greg Dodgen

The Brooklyn police have arrested 21 people without official documents and confiscated 94 packets of dagga during a joint operation between various security companies on Friday, police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said.

She said a team of 32 police and security officers cleaned up a open piece of field on Glen Manor Road and Frikkie de Beer Street near the Menlyn Shopping Centre after concerns were raised of vagrants who sleep in the area.

“The team surprised the people who are occupying the land illegally at 03:00 in the morning. One of the men tried to run away but the officers were everywhere and he ran right into the long arm of the law,” said Weilbach.

A total of 48 people were searched and 21 people were arrested for being illegally in the country.

“We seized 94 small parcels of dagga to the value of R900 after it was found abandoned in the veld. Two cell phones, a removable CD drive and a new line interactive UPS, scaffolding, step ladders and various rubber and steel pipes, believed to be stolen items were also recovered and confiscated,” she said.

One vagrant was found sleeping in a tree when police ordered him down.

Weilbach said the area will be cleaned up of all litter,in conjunction with the Tshwane metro police.

“The Brooklyn police are continually building relations with the community. The joint operations will continue throughout the festive season to ensure everybody’s safety by preventing crime from happening and to keep criminals at bay.”

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Right: Warrant Officer Dominique Dubell. Left: Sergeant Greg Dodgen

Right: Warrant Officer Dominique Dubell. Left: Sergeant Greg Dodgen

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