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Security team nabs miscreants

Two suspects were seriously injured in a burglary foiled by two security guards and their canine counterpart.

According to Sergeant Suzan Jantjies, spokesperson for Somerset West police, the incident occurred when two known miscreants, both aged 31, targeted a home in a secure estate in Sir Lowry’s Pass on Saturday morning (3 August).

Security guard and dog-handler, Matthews Nkuzo, recalls receiving a phone call from the estate’s body corporate, informing him and a colleague of the reported incident at 06:40.

With a five-year-old crime-fighting boerboel dog on a steel leash at his side, Nkuzo and a fellow on-duty security guard responded to the alleged incident.

“Upon our arrival, we noticed the front door was open and there was clearly a forced entry. Inside the visibly ransacked home, I was confronted by one of the perpetrators in the bedroom. I said, ‘Sorry bra, don’t move. If you run, the dog will bite’,” recalled the Lwandle resident, adding that the estate has been plagued by burglars since June.

“He did not listen and proceeded to run. In the heat of the moment and being aware of another perpetrator, I decided to leave the dog inside the house and pursue the fleeing burglar.”

Nkuzo says he managed to chase down the trespasser.

However, while he was apprehending him, the dog had managed to exit the house and charged straight at the burglar he had forced to the ground.

“The dog was aggressive and instinctively attacked the burglar. With much effort, I managed to separate the dog from the injured burglar.”

In the meantime, security guard Themba Mnkami had managed to nab the second perpetrator who allegedly made his way from the kitchen and fled the house.

Jantjies says both suspects sustained serious injuries and were transported to hospital for medical treatment under police guard.

Spokesperson Laticia Pienaar confirmed that a patient fitting the description was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital with a fractured upper arm. Pienaar added that the patient was discharged on Monday in a stable condition.

Helderberg Hospital spokesperson Sithembiso Magubane said a patient matching the description was admitted to the hospital and also discharged on Monday. Magubane could not provide details on the patient’s injuries.

Both suspects, Shaun Titus and Franklin Manuel, appeared in the Somerset West Magistrates’ Court on Monday on burglary charges.

The case was postponed until Monday 12 August.

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