Suspected burglar dead after Pretoria homeowner ties him to tree

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Pretoria – An accused burglar is dead in an unusual turn of events after a homeowner caught him breaking into his Groenkloof residence on Wednesday night, Pretoria Police said.

In an attempt to stop a string of burglaries at his home, Jan Adriaanse, 68, of Spurgeon Road set a trap.

Adriaanse parked his vehicle at a neighbor’s place on Wednesday night, went back to his home and waited.

Sometime before midnight, Adriaanse told Police he heard someone knock on the front door of his home. When he didn’t answer, the person went to the backdoor and broke the lock.

Adriaanse told police he met the burglar at the door and chased him outside.

Adriaanse said the burglar then either fell or jumped off the back steps of the house.

That’s when Adriaanse jumped on him and tied his hands behind his back, he said.

Police said Adriaanse put duct-tape on the burglar’s mouth and tied him to a tree. He wrapped the burglar to the tree with insulated electrical tape and clothesline, he said.

Adriaanse told police he then went back to his neighbor’s house and called police.

“The burglar was still alive at that point, and there was no indication that he was dying,” Police said.

When the Police arrived about 10 minutes later, though, the burglar was dead, he said.

Police said the burglar didn’t have any visible injuries except for cuts around his body from the wire.

A post mortem exam will be performed to determine cause of death, he said.

Bystanders told police that Adriaanse didn’t intend to kill the burglar. He just wanted to stop him from breaking into his home, Police said.

He said both Adriaanse and the burglar weren’t armed with a firearm.

No criminal charges have yet been filed against Adriaanse, and Police are unsure if any will be in the future.

“We will probably present it to the NPA to see what they say about it.”

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