Mowbray high-speed chase ends in arrest

Rondebosch police arrested a burglary suspect following a high-speed chase with this Hyundai Venue.

Police arrested a suspected burglar after a high-speed chase through Mowbray.

Officers responding to a housebreaking in Milton Road, Observatory, at around noon on Monday October 25, spotted the suspected getaway car, a white Hyundai Venue, with three suspects inside, said Rondebosch police spokesman Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam.

Officers pursued the speeding vehicle down Mowbray Main Road to a taxi rank.

It was there, police say, that two of the men in the car jumped out, and, before fleeing on foot, pulled off fake registration plates from the rented vehicle so it could evade licence-plate recognition cameras.

Then the driver pulled away and the chase continued down the side streets of Mowbray.

“The suspect repeatedly tried to hit the police vehicle off the road and at times closely missed pedestrians and other vehicles,” said Warrant Officer Sisam.

Officers shot out the Hyundai’s back tyre on the Liesbeek Parkway near the N2 offramp, and the driver was eventually forced to stop when he could no longer control the vehicle.

“He is charged with attempted murder of police officials, attempted housebreaking in the Woodstock area, and reckless and negligent driving,” said Warrant Officer Sisam.

The 32-year-old man is also wanted in connection with a shoplifting charge in Midrand.

The other two suspects remain at large. Anyone with information can call Rondebosch police at 021 685 7345 .

• Police are investigating a robbery at a Rondebosch real-estate company.

Three armed men wearing masks and dark clothing climbed out of a Toyota Corolla that stopped in front of the businesses in Tannery Park, Belmont Road, at 3am, on Thursday October 28, police say.

The men forced a security guard to go to one of the offices where they smashed a window to get inside.

“They took a coffee machine, a hard drive, and a K-Way jacket, and when the alarm went off the suspects left the scene,” Warrant Officer Sisam said.

The men drove off towards Campground Road.

No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Marlon Marais at 021 685 2476.