Greedy Scottburgh thief hospitalised after encounter with K9 Calile

Warrant Officer Kenneth Glover, Constable Kishen Giani and Calile with the recovered property

SCOTTBURGH SAPS might just have received the breakthrough they were waiting for when a fleeing suspect had an encounter with police dog Calile following a burglary in Freeland Park last Saturday.

Despite being hospitalised since Saturday, the man appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week, charged with housebreaking and theft.

According to Scottburgh SAPS communications officer, Captain Vincent Pandarum, the intruders had tripped an alarm during a burglary at a property in Pioneer Place, Freeland Park.

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Responding to the call, Constable Brendon Raju of the Scottburgh SAPS established that a screwdriver had been used to gain entry through a garage window at the holiday home.

The suspects had already fled and a case of housebreaking and theft was registered for investigation.

Later that same morning, the alarm – at the same property – was tripped a second time. A neighbour and security guard who were on site established that entry had been gained through a kitchen window which had been forced open.

They heard the suspects talking on the opposite side of the fence. Realising they had been spotted, the men fled, leaving the stolen property behind.

“Constable Rodney Shozi of the Scottburgh SAPS responded to the second burglary and called for back-up from the Umzinto K9 Unit,” said Captain Pandarum.

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Warrant Officer Kenneth Glover and Constable Kishen Giani of the Umzinto K9 Unit conducted a search of the area along with their third team member, canine Calile, a Rottweiler.

Following the trail, they managed to apprehend one of the suspects, a 29-year-old man. The second suspect managed to flee. Stolen property as well as the sandals left behind by the burglars were seized as exhibits.

The suspect was taken to the GJ Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh for treatment to his legs after his encounter with Calile.

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“Police believe that this was the much-needed breakthrough they were waiting for,” explained Captain Pandarum, referring to the recent spate of break-ins in both Freeland Park and central Scottburgh.

The Ugu cluster commander, Major-General Agnes Nxamagele, also voiced her gratitude to the SAPS. “It is now only a matter of time before the suspect who got away is arrested and lodged in a police cell. I am confident that we shall see a decrease in the burglaries that have been plaguing the area recently,” she said.


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Juan Venter

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