A Ladysmith mother on Tuesday morning received a call from her 19-year-old daughter telling her their house was being broken into, Ladysmith Gazette reports.
The woman was at work at the time and her daughter at home alone.
The mother immediately went on to a Community Policing Forum (CPF) chat and posted a request for help.
A police officer in close proximity to the scene immediately picked up on the post and reacted. He quickly notified other police officers and within a few minutes, they were on scene.
The mother, as well as CPF members on the chat also responded. The intruder was aware of police approaching when he heard the young lady calling for help, and he fled the scene.
Police from various units immediately launched a manhunt in the area, but the man eluded capture.
It was later established that the intruder had walked into the yard much earlier in the day, carrying a pick in his hand. Neighbours who saw him were under the impression that he worked at the premises.
Police advised the community to keep in touch with their neighbours.
– Caxton News Service.