Lopsy burglars caught

2011-01-20 22:30
Richard Roberts

Port Elizabeth – Two thieves that broke into the house of Protea cricketer Lonwabo Tsotsobe were caught within minutes of escaping with some of his personal goods.

They took CDs, DVDs, a laptop and jewellery, but were caught within minutes of the alarm going off, captain Johann Neethling of the Swartkops Police said. The break-in occurred after 22:00 on Wednesday at the 24-year-old’s home in Lynn Street, Bluewater Bay.

He and colleague, student constable Rostan Tiervlei, were at the scene at around 22:30. They were informed by local security firm Seagate.

Tsotsobe, who will play against India on Friday, stayed with his parents on Wednesday night.

He asked a friend to keep an eye on his house on Thursday.

The friend, who was watching TV when Die Burger arrived, did not want to be named. He did confirm, however, that there had been a break-in and that several items had been stolen.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said on behalf of the left-arm seamer on Thursday, that the police are handling the investigation.

“He wasn’t at home, nobody was hurt and the police recovered all the items and returned them to him,” said Owen-Smith.

He confirmed that Tsotsobe was staying with his parents and was not currently at home.

“The rest of the team is staying in the hotel, but the cricketers that live in the city are staying with their families. That is usually the rule,” explained Owen-Smith.

Neethling said that two suspects, aged 20 and 25, were apprehended shortly after the break-in.

“The men were hiding in a bush when we arrived at the scene. We found them and locked them up.”

One of the men apparently just recently served a five-year prison sentence for rape.

The men placed the stolen goods in a black bag. The value of the recovered goods was about R50 000.

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