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Police pounce on four stock theft suspects

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Vigilant police officers in the Pixley ka Seme District, with the assistance of the SAPS Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, arrested four men for stock theft in two separate incidents.

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VIGILANT police members in the Pixley ka Seme District, with the assistance of the SAPS Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, arrested four men for stock theft in two separate incidents recently.

According to Northern Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock, on April 17, at about 9am, the Petrusville police acted on information about men slaughtering sheep in the Plakkerskamp area. Upon arrival, they discovered sheep carcasses, skins, heads and intestines as well as suspected stock theft tools. A 27-year-old man was promptly arrested.

Further investigation led the police to a second premises, where they found another slaughtered sheep carcass, along with heads, hooves and intestines, stored in a fridge. A 29-year-old man was apprehended and a utility bakkie suspected to be involved in the commission of a crime was seized.

In a separate incident in Marydale on April 18, at around 9pm, the police pounced on two suspicious men carrying bags. Upon searching the bags, they uncovered sheep carcasses and suspected stock theft tools. Both men, aged 28 and 35, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen goods.

Kock said the estimated value of the stolen stock is R20,000 and the police investigation is ongoing.

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