A 29-year-old man was arrested by police in Letlhabile on Tuesday, 28 April, for breaking into a primary school and stealing a large amount of toilet paper.
Ontiretse Johannes Matlou appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for possession of suspected stolen goods and business burglary. He was remanded in custody until Friday, 13 May 2020.
According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, two off-duty Letlhabile police officers spotted Matlou at 06:00 on Tuesday leaving the school premises with rolls of toilet paper. “Upon realising that the police saw him getting out of the yard of a primary school, the accused ran away. The vigilant police members chased and intercepted him. Preliminary investigation revealed that the accused is linked with three separate incidents of burglaries at the same school since commencement of the lockdown,” he said.
Thieves also broke into the Thornhill Primary School in Brits on Sunday, 26 April. A window of a Grade R classroom was broken and thieves fled with a television set. No arrests have been made.
This arrest brings the total of people arrested for burglaries at schools in the province to 29, Mokgwabone said. The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena praised the members for their vigilance, prompt response and going an extra mile to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book. He requested members of the community to work together with the police and to report suspicious activities by contacting their nearest police stations. Alternatively, anonymous tip-offs can be done by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or MySAPS App.