A man alleged to be a house burglar sustained a gunshot wound when a Gauteng farmer on a smallholding in Marabeth, Tarlton, west of Johannesburg shot him. The incident that got the alleged house burglar shot happened on Monday morning.
Spokesperson for Tarlton Police Constable Lucky Matome threw more light on the incident and said that a Gauteng farmer living on the smallholding had been fast asleep at his home when the alarm went off.
“He alleges that he asked his domestic worker’s boyfriend to help him to check around the house. It is further alleged that he heard movements in one of the rooms in the house, which he approached,” Matome said.
The alleged house burglar shot by farmer was lucky to walk away with gunshot wounds while nothing was missing from the house though packed bags were spotted.
“He was allegedly confronted by an unknown male carrying a knife. Several shots were fired, wounding the suspect. Nothing was reported stolen, although several bags were found packed, allegedly by the suspect,” he said.
Matome confirmed that the suspected house burglar sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body and is currently in the hospital, under the watch of the police.
Another man who is believed to be an accomplice in the house burglary was understood to have fled the scene on foot when the table turned on their plans.
SAPS department in Tarlton appeals to the community to assist them with any information that could lead to the arrest of the second suspect who fled the crime scene.
In a similar incident in Cape Town, Metro Police confirmed that a smash-and-grab suspect was shot dead by a female motorist late February in Bonteheuwel.
“It is alleged that the deceased had smashed the car’s window and the woman driver shot him,” police said. The motorist then drove straight to the Bishop Lavis police station where she reported the incident though she could not be questioned immediately as the incident left her traumatised.
Anyone with relevant information is advised to call on 011 952 0012/13. Alternatively, call the Crime Stop line on 08600 10111.