National 22.8.2016 09:13 am

‘Gardener’ arrested for housebreaking

Man arrested for housebreaking and theft.

Man arrested for housebreaking and theft.

When confronted by police, the suspect said he worked at the house and to prove it, began to water the plants on the pavement.

While on patrol recently, police in Primrose, near Germiston, received a call from a concerned resident about a suspicious-looking man at a home on Ixia Road, Germiston City News reports.

When the officers arrived at the address given, they found a 23-year-old man standing in front of the home.

“He told police that he worked at the house and, to prove it, began to water the plants on the pavement.

“The complainant disputed this and claimed that the accused had broken into the house’s garage,” explained Seargeant Styles Maome, communications officer for the Primrose police.

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They asked the man to unlock the gate, and he became visibly frustrated.

“The homeowner, who was asleep inside, was woken by the commotion and came outside to investigate what was happening,” Maome said.

He was able to confirm to the officers on scene that the man did not work for him and that his bicycle, two drilling machines, a car jack and a small compressor had been taken from the garage.

The man was arrested and taken to Primrose Police Station.

He will appear in the Germiston Magistrates’ Court soon on housebreaking and theft charges.

– Caxton News Service.

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