A rooftop prowler in Green Point was stopped in his tracks by “Special Branch” last week when he ran into a tree while running from the cops.
Bradley Braithwaite, the chairman of the Green Point Neighbourhood Watch, spotted the man on his neighbour’s roof on Friday morning.
“I watched him for a while until he jumped down into the neighbour’s garden. Then I contacted SAPS through our radios, which the watch members have.”
As Sea Point police officers closed in, the man bolted across Green Point Main Road and the Urban Park.
According to the police report, seen by the Atlantic Sun, it was at this point that the man ran straight into a tree and knocked himself out.
Mr Braithwaite said the arrest was a good example of what could be achieved when the police and neighbourhood watch worked together.
“It is important for people to join the neighbourhood watch group and form smaller groups in the area. The more people that we have working together, the better.”
Sea Point police station spokeswoman Captain Elizabeth Munro said the 27-year-old Mitchell’s Plain man had been wanted on several charges.
He appeared in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday November 13 charged with housebreaking and theft.
He will remain in Pollsmoor Prison until is next court appearance. “There was no bail granted due to two outstanding warrants of arrests with drugs-related cases,” said Captain Munro.