Alert gardener traps ‘most wanted’

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UMDONI’S most wanted criminal is behind bars at last.

Ayanda ‘Boi-Boi’ Mtolo (31) is allegedly the most notorious of a trio who had been terrorising the Pennington area for months.

A second member of the group, Thabiso Moya (22), was shot and killed by a rival gang in the Eastern Cape and Siyabonga Meji (25) is also behind bars.

One of the heroes in the dramatic ‘Boi-Boi’ arrest is an alert gardener who spotted him breaking into a house in Shad Road, Pennington last Friday.

He and four friends gave chase and kept Mtlolo trapped in a section of marshy bush in Figtree Road until back-up arrived.

Pennington Sector Forum chairman, Derek Johnson, called Warrant Officer Deena Govender, the sector manager and Scottburgh SAPS Crime Prevention Commander.  Mr Johnson, forum and community members surrounded Mtolo until W/O Govender arrived.

Realising the game was up, he surrendered and was promptly arrested.

There are now pats on the back all round for a job well done. It is an excellent example of how community partnerships with the SAPS work.

The Scottburgh SAPS management conveyed their most sincere thanks and appreciation to the gardener and his friends, members of the Pennington Sector Forum and the community members who played a part in securing Mtolo’s arrest.

In turn, the CPF commended Warrant Officer Deena Govender.

“He is a policeman well known by members of our communities, always avails himself to attend to any crime-related emergencies and is often the first policeman to arrive at a crime scene.”

This is a summary of the trio’s alleged crimes:

* Thabiso Moya (22) was linked to a housebreaking in Gumtree Road, Pennington on January 7 where a TV was stolen;

* A house robbery in Cherry Lane, Pennington on January 14 where the complainant was robbed of photographic equipment at knifepoint;

* A house robbery in Sardine Drive, Pennington on December 21 where the complainant was stabbed and the suspects made off with four cellphones, a laptop, shoes and vehicle keys;

* A house robbery in Beefwood Road, Pennington on December 29 where two men robbed the complainant at gunpoint and took two cellphones, a watch and money. While still on the run from police, he was shot and killed by members of a rival gang in the Eastern Cape.

* Siyabonga Meji (25) was linked to a house robbery in Pennington Drive on January 7 where three men, one armed with a gun, robbed the occupants of their cellphones and drove off in their vehicle. The complainant was assaulted with the butt of the gun. All the family possessions were packed into the vehicle including their clothing, laptops and other valuables.

Meji was also linked to another house robbery at a senior citizens’ home in Beefwood Road, Pennington on January 14 where three men, armed with guns and an axe, robbed the occupants of a wallet, bank cards and a gold watch. He was arrested by members of the Port Shepstone Vehicle Identification Section (VIS) in the Eastern Cape on January 21 and detained at the Scottburgh SAPS until his court appearance.

* Ayanda ‘Boi-Boi’ Mtlolo had at least four warrants out for his arrest. He has been linked to the house robberies in Pennington Drive, the senior citizens’ home in Beefwood Road, another house robbery in Beefwood Road where two men held up the complainant and took two cellphones, a  watch and money as well as at least four cases of housebreaking going back as far as October 2005. At the time of his arrest he was wearing a wristwatch that had been stolen in the Beefwood Road house robbery.

Both Meji and Mtolo appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The case was postponed to February 3 and the two will remain in custody.

Juan Venter

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