Burglars caught red-handed in Bluewater Bay

BURGLARY VICTIM: A relieved Sithembiso Yumata speaks to the Herald outside his Bluewater Bay home
BURGLARY VICTIM: A relieved Sithembiso Yumata speaks to the Herald outside his Bluewater Bay home. Picture By: Eugene Coetzee

A SUSPECTED burglar was shot and wounded and another arrested as they attempted to flee from police when interrupted while breaking into a Bluewater Bay home yesterday morning.

Post Officer manager and home owner Sithembiso Yumata, 54, said yesterday he was extremely grateful to the police for their good work in catching the culprits before they fled.

“I am so glad they got them and shot one of them,” he said yesterday outside his Zephyr Avenue home.

Police were alerted to the burglary after a passer-by – who lives in the street – saw a silver Chevy Aveo parked on the grass next to the house.

“I saw the car pull into the driveway and knew it was not the owners. I then watched them for a while and they parked the car on the grass patch next to the back door.

“I then saw them force open the door and go into the house,” the witness, who did not want to be named, said.

“Luckily I had already alerted the police who arrived within minutes. They snuck up on the men and confronted them as they were packing the items from the house into the car.”

Yumata said one of the burglars attempted to flee by jumping over the back wall, while the other tried to stab a police officer with a steak knife.

-Gareth Wilson

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