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A MAN suspected of masterminding 16 cases of housebreaking in Newcastle, northern KwaZulu-Natal, appeared in court yesterday.
Vusi Gumede, 27, known as "Phoyisa", was arrested after a lengthy police investigation.
Gumede had allegedly been terrorising Newcastle's upmarket suburbs of Pioneer Park, Schuinshoogter, Signal Hill and Sunnyridge.
He was arrested last week after his fingerprints were found on a piece of broken glass from a door he allegedly broke to gain entry to a residence.
Gumede allegedly targeted houses for cellphones, cameras, laptops, firearms, clothes and jewellery. According to police, he had two addresses - one where he stayed and another where he allegedly kept stolen goods. Some stolen goods were found at his "storage" in Osizweni township.
Captain Shooz Magudulela said Gumede apparently sold most of the stolen property to foreigners.
He said two foreign nationals, who allegedly bought stolen items from Gumede, appeared in court last week.
He was remanded to allow further police investigation of housebreaking and theft.