1 February 2013

South Africa: Second Break-in At Spokesperson?s House

For a second time in less than a year, thieves have broken into the home of COSATU spokesman Patrick Craven. The housebreaking and theft were discovered on the morning of 30 January 2013.

The parallels between this incident and a break-in on 11 April 2012 are striking. The thieves entered through a window adjoining the one used last time, removed burglar bars in exactly the same way and, once again, searched only for computers, ignoring other items of value.

In April 2012 three computers were taken but this time they stole just one item - a Galaxy Pad which was hidden in a drawer; there were no other computers in the room.

The only significant difference was that this time the room was covered by an alarm sensor, but it failed to go off, which suggests that it could have been demobilised by highly professional criminals who clearly knew exactly what they were looking for.

The Brackendowns SAPS responded promptly and are investigating. COSATU urges them to urgently follow up both cases, which could clearly have involved the same people, given the obvious similarities.

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