Vusi Gumede, 27, of Ozisweni, was arrested by police last week after his fingerprints were found on a window pane at a home that had been broken into in the Newcastle area. Police Captain Shooz Magudulela said Gumede was then linked to 16 other cases of housebreaking.
He said that Gumede broke into houses between 7.30am and 5pm. Once he had broken into the house he would eat the cheese before taking the valuables. Police also arrested seven people who bought stolen goods from Gumede.