Community members help “lost burglar”

The note left by Captain Stillies in regard to the missing vehicle.

Turns out, the suspected burglar, who has opted to remain anonymous, had lost his motor vehicle after a night out on the town and was heavily disorientated. And not only did the good Samaritan community members assist the man recover, they also helped him find his missing black Audi TT.
The man was initially spotted trying to jump over a fence and into a resident’s front yard.
From the moment MNW members approached the man on Friday, they became suspicious about his intention and activities – as he had been extremely well dressed.
The man then told them that he could only remember that he had been with work colleagues at a restaurant in Sanctuary Road from about 4pm.
“It looked like he sustained a pistol whip injury on his forehead but he still had his phone on him,” said the MNW member who apprehended him.
“I took his phone and called his immediate family to notify them that their son or brother was safe but that his car was missing,” said the member.
“The man mentioned earlier that he owned a black Audi TT and his family confirmed this but they could not provide any further details besides a partial number plate.”
The MNW members then drove around with the man to the areas that he mentioned to see if they could locate the car but to no avail.
A member of the MNW team then suggested that they go to the restaurant where the man had been drinking. There, it was found that the man had come in with elderly, professional-looking people.
Another patroller joined in on the search for the vehicle, and at around 10.40pm, it was found in Pietermaritz Street with a note on the dashboard written by Captain LD Stillies of Loop Street Police. The note stated that Stillies was in possession of the keys after he removed them from the ignition of the unlocked vehicle.
Stillies handed the keys over to the MNW member who noted that the vehicle contained the man’s laptop and what looked like a very expensive golf set.
“The gentleman’s dad was very shocked to see us driving the vehicle when we got into the restaurant parking lot,” said the MNW member.
Restaurant staff confirmed the man had been at their premises from lunch-time until about 5pm and that he was not inebriated.
The father and brother expressed their gratitude to everyone involved and thanked them for returning the man safely, as well as for recovering his vehicle.

Byrone Athman

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