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COVID-19 duties in Kathu led the police to a suspect and two gold taps

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The suspect was stopped and searched and found in possession of two gold taps, pressure valves and copper pipes.

COVID-19 duties in Kathu led the police to a suspect and two gold taps.

Police spokesperson,  Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, said that while conducting Covid-19 duties on Tuesday afternoon, Sgt Ben Eiman received a report of a suspicious person in a vacant yard in 13th Avenue, Rooisand in Kathu.

“While en-route to the premises, Sgt Eiman and Constables Blythe Jantjies and Beatrice Canchibatho stopped and searched a male person and found him in possession of two gold taps, pressure valves and copper pipes in a green and black bag,” Gamieldien said.

The recovered items are valued at R4000.

“The suspect was detained in the police vehicle and driven to the address in 13th Avenue. Upon further investigation Sgt Eiman noticed the outside taps and water pipes had been removed. 

“While at the premises where the items were stolen, a complainant called and gave a description of the suspect to Sgt Eiman who informed him that he had already apprehended and arrested a suspect prior to his call.”

The 32-year-old male suspect was arrested for theft of copper pipes and malicious damage to property.  The suspect will  be appearing in the Kathu Magistrates’ court soon.

The John Taolo Gaetsewe Cluster Commander, Major General Johan Bean commended the members for their vigilance in stamping down the authority of the state.