Kwazulu-Natal – A house break-in suspect claimed that he was robbed by police officers of a gazebo that he had stolen minutes earlier from a home on Trevenen Road in Lotusville, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.
According to Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), its officers identified the suspect as a sought-after burglar.
“Officers approached the 31-year-old Trenance Park – KZN resident and confronted him with a video which showed him leaving a property with a stolen gazebo,” RUSA said in a statement.
The video was posted on social media after the homeowner discovered that forced entry was used to gain entry into her residence.
The suspect alleged that he had been stopped by policemen who told him to hand the stolen property over to them.
“During an interview, the suspect initially informed RUSA Members that the person in the clip was his twin brother. He later admitted to the house break-in after Reaction Officers confirmed that he did not have a twin sibling.
“He explained that after fleeing the property, he was stopped by two men who were having lunch in the parking lot of the Lotusville Pool on Adams Road in Lotusville – KZN. They questioned him regarding the gazebo in his possession. He confirmed that the two men were Policemen who had previously apprehended him for an unrelated crime.
“They asked him to load the gazebo into a white unbranded Nissan NP 200 which was parked next to a white VW Polo. They then advised him to leave.
“He believed that both were state vehicles. Reaction Officers could not confirm this information.”
Picture: Facebook/ Reaction Unit South Africa
Compiled by Junaid Benjamin