Police task team to tackle burglaries

IN THE DOCK: Charne Brown in court, charged with murdering Gerrie Hoekstra
IN THE DOCK: Charne Brown in court, charged with murdering Gerrie Hoekstra

Syndicate believed to be operating around city

A police task team has been assembled to investigate a suspected burglary syndicate believed to be linked to a string of breakins across Nelson Mandela Bay.

The task team was formed after the arrest of four people two weeks ago.

Officials said the group was well known to police and believed to be responsible for a string of business and home burglaries in several suburbs across the Bay.

Those arrested were Charne Brown, 37 – still standing trial in the high court for the botched robbery turned murder of former Eastern Province rugby coach Gerrie Hoekstra – Calvin Prince, 33, Gordon Jordaan, 36, and Ruaan Deysel, 21.

The four appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and the case was postponed until tomorrow for a formal bail application.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said their arrest came after they were caught in an Opel Kadett in North End.

It is suspected that they were fleeing from a business they had attempted to break into.

A chase ensued and when the vehicle was searched, several implements used for breaking into buildings were allegedly found in their car, as well as a security company radio set.

– Gareth Wilson

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One thought on “Police task team to tackle burglaries

  • January 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I wonder when they are going to catch the Silver Polo gang who have been kicking in doors across P.E. for years including mine!I would n’t bank on it! The last time I went to a police station the fat lady could n’t even understand simple English and was far too fat to catch ANY thief!God help us!


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