Crime briefs – Port Alfred sectors

TRUCK batteries from the municipal yard were stolen at the end of February.

The security of the municipal yard, as well as curbing the stealing out of there, is a major concern both within the police and Community Policing Forum (CPF).

There was a break-in at a home in Freshwater Road in the early hours of Saturday morning. Burglars gained access via a window.

On the same day, three people were arrested on charges of drunk and disorderly behaviour, an Absa customer was defrauded of R29 000, and an unlicensed driver was arrested on a charge of driving while under the influence [of alcohol].

In the early hours of Sunday morning police arrested a man outside the Wharf Street Tab on a charge of common assault.

Late afternoon on Sunday at the Medolino Caravan Park a Toyota Corolla left the road and careered off into the bush. There were also two domestic altercations, with a woman being brutalised by a man in Bathurst and another at a home in Main Street.

Acting chairman of the Port Alfred CPF, George Galbrait,h gave feedback on some of the incidents reported.

“Sunday night’s arrestee in Weald Avenue was a probate on release after conviction and incarceration for attempted murder. His probation was rescinded and he reverted to jail to serve the balance of his sentence which will see him in prison until 2020,” wrote Galbraith. He noted, “The arrestee, Peter, admitted to delivering drugs from Port Elizabeth as his reason for being in the vicinity. He had an accomplice who escaped.”

Galbraith was also worried about building procedures to assist police in the operation of their duties.

“No case opened means no fingerprints may be taken,” said Galbraith. “This happens, say, where a burglar jimmies a window without gaining entry. But linking prints found at the scene of a crime with a previous serious case serves justice, while not opening a case fails it. Investing a little of your time in the Justice system serves your community and criminal intel.”

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