Police nab alleged remote jammers

Cape Town Central police arrested three men for being in possession of stolen property and a remote control jamming device during patrols in the Gardens area last week.

Around 3.30pm on Wednesday November 16, detective warrant officers Abraham Draai and Shaun Bardien were conducting routine patrols with a focus on thefts out of motor vehicles in Orange Street, near the Engen Garage, at the time.

Cape Town Central police spokesman Captain Ezra October said the officers became suspicious of three men in a red Kia Picanto roaming the area.

“They proceeded to follow the car until the Engen garage at the Orange Street parking bays. They noticed an unknown lady exit her metallic blue Toyota Yaris walking towards Woolworths store. Afterwards they noticed two men in the Kia climbing out of their vehicle. The one man followed the woman and the other man walked towards the Yaris. He opened the back door and climbed inside the car while the driver of the Kia remained behind in the car,” he explained.

Captain October said the suspect then flattened the backseat, removed a bag and walked towards the Kia, “Both men returned to the Kia and the driver drove away in the direction of Buitenkant Street. The members proceeded to follow the Kia down Roeland Street then into Darling Street where the members pulled over the car and searched the vehicle.”

Captain October said an Apple laptop inside a black case to the value of R25 000 rand was found as well as a remote control jamming device. “The men were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and possession of car breaking implements (remote control device).”

The men were detained at Cape Town Central police station and appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday November 18.

The case was postponed for seven days Anyone with information regarding criminal activities can contact SAPS Crime Stop number 08600 10111.