22 Nov 2010

Irma Stern artwork stolen then found

Irma Stern artwork stolen then found

Report from SAPA:

Three paintings, including an Irma Stern work, worth R2-million in total, were stolen from a Hout Bay property and recovered again, all within 24 hours, an art insurer said on Thursday.

“At 3.30pm yesterday afternoon [Wednesday], I got a phone call from a client to advise me that three of his paintings had been stolen in Hout Bay,” said Artinsure managing director Gordon Massie.

“The three paintings included one by Irma Stern and the value was somewhere in the region of R2-million,” he told Sapa.

Massie said his recovery agents, working alongside the police, started investigating the theft.

“At 3.30am the owner received a phone call from the Hout Bay police to inform him that the paintings may be on the point of recovery.”

At 6am on Thursday morning, Massie was informed that the paintings, including Stern’s “Still Life with Fish”, had been recovered and had not been damaged.

“A suspect is in custody… they found the paintings in the Hout Bay region.”

Massie said he could not give more details on the incident and that the owner wanted to remain anonymous.

The police could not immediately confirm the incident.

“Don’t we all wish that all stolen property is recovered thi squick by the police? Bigger the value the more important it seems.”

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01 Nov 2010

Poachers leave cops high and dry

Poachers leave cops high and dry

By Melanie Gosling/iol.co.za


Hout Bay police Captain Rian Bester (left) went to the scene after being tipped off that abalone poachers were diving off Llandudno, but he was unable to go after them as the police station does not have a boat. He phoned the SAPS Water Wing, but it arrived too late. Police divers were unable to find the abalone, believed to have been stashed under water.

Police say abalone poaching around Hout Bay and Llandudno is becoming “worse than Hawston and Onrus” with organised gangs paying their “lookouts” up to R500 for a single cellphone call tipping them off about approaching law enforcement officers.

Read the rest here…

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31 Oct 2010

Lawlessness needs Law Enforcement!

Lawlessness needs Law Enforcement!

Following on from the previous entry, on Friday 29 October, vandals moved along two streets in Beach estate and systematically damaged a number of cars. My car was one of them,  which was a nasty surprise, having had all my wheels stolen off my car 2 weeks ago.

Both incidents required the criminals to spend an extended amount of time, carrying out the separate crimes. I am now questioning the efficacy of both the local law enforcement and the private security firm I employ to “keep us safe”. Adding salt to the wound, the police officer who took my statement, questioned whether I had any enemies who would do this, before any investigation had been done or had checked that other cars in my road had been affected as well. While being totally innocent, I was made to feel that I was part of the reason why my car had been damaged.

The police must be held accountable for the lack of service in fighting crime in Hout Bay, they need to step up their game and fight crime with an iron fist!

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23 Sep 2010

Broken Houses on the firebreak in Hangberg

The footage was filmed by Greg Louw, community spokesperson for Hangberg. This is the first footage that has been released of the actual broken houses on the firebreak and their occupants. The footage raises the question about the legality of the police action, where houses were occupied and still torn down.

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10 May 2010

Oil slick in Hout Bay

Oil slick in Hout Bay

The United States is not the only place dealing with an oil slick. We had our own on Suikerbossie this evening. The police were on the scene, warning motorists of the traffic hazard.

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