BUSTED: Constables Benedict Basibalala and Lyle Jones with the suspected car thief. Picture: SAPS
Motor vehicle theft is on the increase in Kimberley, according to police spokesperson Lt Sergio Kok.
The policeman said a number of incidents have been reported to various police clusters around the city.
Kok said police have warned motorists to keep their vehicles locked due to the increase in car theft.
“They should physically lock and check door handles before leaving their vehicles. This is a proactive safety hint that prevents theft out of motor vehicle.
“We also request that valuables such as laptops, cellphones, cameras and hand bags not be left in their vehicles, as this attracts thieves,” Kok said.
On Wednesday an incident took place at the Kimberley shopping centre.
Kok said police saw a man in the back of a vehicle parked in the parking lot.
“When the man saw police he tried to hide in the vehicle. The police arrested the suspect who allegedly attempted to steal a new Samsung Galaxy cellphone and groceries inside the vehicle.”
Kok said the owner of the Toyota Fortuner had been inside the mall for about two minutes. “On his return he found the police with the suspect.
The owner said he had locked the vehicle and activated the alarm.
Police believe that the suspect may have jammed the alarm by pressing a motor gate remote that is said to confuse a car’s alarm.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s court soon.