I'll Kneecap Night Stalker
MARK Rangers is the self-
appointed guardian of his
Brahma Lodge community -
and has the full support of
Worried about an increase in burglaries and stalking in the past two
weeks, the 64- year- old pensioner
has started nightly patrols armed
with a torch, a mobile phone and
a large stick.
"We shouldn't have to do it but
the police are half an hour away at
Elizabeth because the Salisbury
station closes at 8.30pm," Mr
Rangers said yesterday.
"If I catch him. I'll kneecap him."
The only description police have
of the offender is that he is male
and of medium to large build.
He has broken into Dorset St
properties alone about six times.
Several houses - including one
home to three young girls - have
been targeted more than once.
One resident Sue, who like others
won't reveal her surname, said her
24- year- old son, who lives in a
converted rear shed, had seen a
torchlight on several nights and
heard a person jumping a fence.
"It's a bit alarming - we kept the
house lights on last night and the
three young ones slept in my bed,"
Danielle, a mother with
a young daughter, said the stalker
had visited early yesterday morning.
"He came to our place last
night - three times I could see the
light shining through the window
blinds at about 12-30,1.30 and then
about 4am," Danielle said.
"I didn't sleep, I wasn't game
enough - it's bloody scary."
The stalker, who shines torches
in his victims' faces, has visited
seven different suburbs in the past
two weeks, and as many as five
homes a night.
On at least six occasions since
February 16 he gained entry into
the homes through an unlocked
rear door. Residents have woken
up to him standing above them
shining the torch in their faces, or
through a bedroom window.
"He hasn't displayed any violence and has immediately fled the
scene when disturbed," Elizabeth
CIB Detective Sergeant Philip
"In some cases, items like jewellery or cash have been stolen, including a handbag in one case that was taken from a bedroom but
then found, with property intact,
outside," he said.
He urged all residents to boost
their home and personal security.
"Make sure the locks are in working order, draw the blinds at night
and lock the door even when you
are at home," he said...Crime Stoppers-1800 333 000.
WHERE HE HAS STRUCK
3. Brahma Lodge
5. Brahma Lodge
6. Salisbury East
7. Para Hills West
8. Salisbury East
9. Salisbury East
10. Mawson Lakes
11. Brahma Lodge
12. Brahma Lodge
13. Salisbury Pk
14. Para Hills
Adelaide Advertiser (29-2-2004)
He's Struck At 32 Homes
girl who came face-
to-face with a man
suburb homes has
provided the first
accurate description of the offender.
The identikit image
was released by police
this week in a bid to
track the offender who
has struck more than
"If they recognise this
person, or know anything, please ring us,"
Elizabeth CIB officer-
in-charge Chief Inspector lan Gibson said.
Kimberly was asleep
in her Para Hills home
when the intruder disturbed her about
1.30am on March 20.
She was alerted to his
presence only after
hearing footsteps in the
"I thought it might
have been the cats or
my brother, but then I
got a bit suspicious and
felt the light shining in
my eyes," the Year 7
"I turned around and
saw him in the doorway
just looking around.
"I couldn't believe
that someone was in
The intruder left
which was when her
mother Trish, who requested her surname
not be used, also heard
footsteps in the house.
The man returned a
short time later and
Kimberly managed to
get another clear look
"He lifted up my
blanket a bit and said
'boo' and jumped back
because I turned
around and he went
out," Kimberly said.
When the rest of the
Leabrook Drv household was alerted to the
intruder, he left the
same way he entered,
through the front door.
Trish said: "I kept
screaming for (my husband) Michael to come
around because he was
checking the back of
the house and I
couldn't believe that he
was just standing there
- it was a big shock".
Police are investigating 32 incidents in
which an intruder has
been sighted since January 4. However, never
before has such a detailed description been
"Until this, the actual
sightings of him have
been very limited because people have
often been blinded by
the torch light or
they've seen a
Chief Insp Gibson
said an increased police
presence had been
committed to the target suburbs.
Sunday Mail (4-4-2004)