Man sentenced to 23 years for robbery

CID and SAPS partnership yields success.

A 43-year-old man was sentenced to 23 years in prison by the Cape Town Regional Court last Tuesday, December 1, for theft, robbery and being in the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

According to Sea Point Police spokesperson, Captain Cyril Dicks, the case dates back to September 2019 for a house robbery in Somerset West.

The man convicted and a 37-year-old man, who died before sentencing, stole a vehicle and other belongings.

A week after the robbery, Sea Point SAPS officers on patrol tested the registration number of a vehicle in Cavalcade Road, Green Point, via police radio communication, and found it was the one stolen in Somerset West.

The officers stopped the vehicle and after a scuffle arrested the two men who were armed with two firearms and ammunition.

Police found housebreaking and car breaking implements in the vehicle as well as the number plates of other vehicles in the boot.

“The investigating officer in the case kept the investigation tight and concise whilst keeping both suspects in custody during the case term, said Captain Dicks.

“Sea Point station management applauds Sergeant Zanini Makeke on the outcome and sentence of the case,” he said.

Meanwhile, three men were arrested after Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras monitored by the Sea Point City Improvement District (SPCID) control room picked up the registration number of a vehicle wanted in connection with housebreaking and theft in the CBD.

The vehicle was seen in Sea Point Main Road last Wednesday, December 2, around noon, by police and they managed to stop the vehicle in High Level Road.

The vehicle was searched and the three men were arrested for being in possession of housebreaking implements including a crowbar, screwdriver, pepper spray, gloves, side cutter and remote controls.

The men appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on charges of possession of housebreaking implements.

“Sea Point station management applauds the partnerships built and just again showcases that partnerships between law enforcement agencies have an impact on crime,” said Captain Dicks.