A 32-year-old man and 40-year-old woman from Brackenfell were arrested for the initial theft of a motorcycle and a string of other criminal and fraudulent activities discovered through follow-up investigations.
The woman was found in possession of various wigs, large amount of keys, remote controls, surgical gloves, USB sticks and other housebreaking tools.
The arrest occurred after members of the Flying Squad spotted a silver Citroen on Voortrekker Road Bellville around 14:30. The vehicle is alleged to be linked to a theft of a motorcycle case that occurred on 9 March 2021 at a hospital in the Brackenfell area.
Confirmation about the vehicle and suspect by Brackenfell SAPS lead to the arrest of the man on charges of motorcycle theft.
Further investigations lead members to an address in Protea Heights and upon arrival, around 15:30, the motorcycle was discovered on the premises which lead to the arrest of the woman for possession of stolen property.
“Members then noticed a white Nissan Tida in front of the premises and recalled that this vehicle was circulated as sought in a fraud and theft case in Franschhoek. After confirming this they asked the suspect to whom the vehicle belonged to. She confirmed it to be hers,” said Captain FC Van Wyk.
“Upon searching the vehicle police found a wig, knives, surgical gloves and jewellery. They then searched the boot and found a large amount of keys, remote controls, USB sticks, more knives, wigs and surgical gloves and other housebreaking implements hidden in the panels of the boot.”
It is alleged that one of the keys contained a keyring belonging to a guesthouse in Franschhoek which the suspects supposedly booked into earlier this month.
“They paid a large deposit via EFT. They attempted to steal the goods in their rooms but were disturbed by security personnel and they fled. The deposit transaction was also reversed by the suspects,” said Van Wyk.
Police also discovered a USB stick among the items in the vehicle which had a name and contact number on it.
Police then reached the contact listed the USB stick and found the person to be a complainant of a housebreaking that occurred in October 2020. The complainant confirmed that the USB stick belonged to him.
The pair were also linked to another fraud and theft case at a guesthouse in Groot Drakenstein.
The two are expected to appear in the Kuilsriver Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. Van Wyk noted that SAPS will be opposing bail for the duo.