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Shots fired in Olivedale

OLIVEDALE - Two suspects flee after trying to buglar a house in Olivedale.

An RSS reaction officer fired seven shots at two suspects, hitting the back of the vehicle they were in and blowing out the front tyre. This was the scene in Olivedale on 15 May.

According to media and communications manager of the Douglasdale Sector 1 Community Policing Forum Danielle Dooley, the reaction officer was patrolling Olivedale Extension 1, when he noticed a car parked on the side of Kevin Road and David Street.

“While writing down the registration number, he saw the gate to a home on the other side of the road open and saw a man running out of the property. At the same time, alarm activation was triggered to the RSS call-centre from beam activation,” explained Dooley.

The officer alerted Tom Cat security guard that the suspects were heading in their direction. The guard managed to get the registration number and informed RSS about the direction they fled into.

“Douglasdale police and RSS reaction officers chased after the suspects who were on Malibongwe, driving toward the N1 highway. The suspects abandoned the vehicle on the on-ramp due to damage to the tyre and fled on foot,” said Dooley.

Douglasdale police spokesperson Warrant Officer Balan Muthan said no arrests have been made yet, but the police are investigating the matter.

“The vehicle recovered contained many stolen items such as takkies, speakers, television sets, and other expensive items. Police also recovered equipment that the suspects used to breaking into premises,” said Muthan.

Muthan urges residents to lock their doors, and close their windows. “Often a resident will leave their doors open for pets. I advise they stop doing that, as this invites criminals into their homes, and they can easily have access to their belongings.”

“Residents whose homes have been broken into recently should contact the Douglasdale police station to recover any items found in the vehicle that could be theirs.”

Details: Douglasdale Police 011 699 1333 or Douglasdale police spokesperson Balan Muthan 082 323 9797.

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