Ratanda police have arrested a 24 years old man after being caught stealing at Fountain Five Primary School in Ratanda. The suspect was arrested on Tuesday, July 7.

“A law abiding citizen noticed unusual act the school. He keep a closed observation and noticed a man going in and out of the school premises carrying items.

The community member immediately notified the police about the criminal act in the school premises,” explained police spokesperson Sargeant Gertrude Makhale.

Responding to the complaint by Sector Patrol members was Sgt Lipson Mabote and Cst Kevin Molote led to the chase and arresting of the suspect.

” On arrival of the Police Sector Patrol members to the school, suspect started to run away, but police were on his toes and arrested him.”

“When Police do crime scene verification and analysis, they found that the suspect force door and burglars open with unknown hard object.

The suspect took out toilet papers and personal protective equipments (PPE) from the classroom where they were stored or placed. The items were valued at R600,” said Makhale.

The Acting District Commissioner, Brigadier Pule Phillip Mokoena applauded the marvellous good work done by Ratanda SAPS Sector patrol members and for their quick response to the complaint and arresting the suspect.

Brigadier Pule Phillip Mokoena further shows his happines of Police rescuing the school properties especially the personal protective equipments that are meant to be used by school children for protection against COVID-19. He also thank the community member who blow the whistle against school vandalizors.

Brigadier Pule Phillip Mokoena urges members of the Service to patrol schools regularly and timeously to prevent vandalism and theft.

The arrested suspect will appear in Heidelberg Magistrate Court soon.

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