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Suspects arrested in Covid-19 crime prevention operations

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Dangerous weapons and copper cable were confiscated.

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A COVID-19 crime prevention operation led to the arrest of two males in Kathu on December 31.

The operation was conducted by Sergeant Ben Eiman and Constable Beatrice Canchibatho.

The first suspect, aged 31, was stopped and searched, and found in possession of housebreaking implements and dangerous weapons.

The second suspect, aged 26, was found in possession of a suspected stolen bicycle.

The two members also found 60 metres of copper cable abandoned in the veld with an estimated value of R9 000.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Mashay Gamieldien indicated that on January 1, the same two police officers received a request from a member of Rhino Security in Kathu to assist with information regarding possible stolen goods.

“The members followed up on the information and apprehended a 32-year-old male suspect in Karee Avenue who was found in possession of various suspected stolen items,” said Gamieldien.

“It was later discovered that a house was allegedly broken into earlier in the day in Nieshout Street, in Kathu.

“Various items including a laptop, sports shoes, bank cards, cables and a firearm was found in the suspect’s possession.

“The suspect was arrested and charged with possession of suspected stolen property valued at approximately R150 000 and illegal possession of a firearm.”

All three suspects are expected to appear before the Kathu Magistrates court soon.

The Acting District Commander, Brigadier Francis Hender commended the two members for their unabated efforts in apprehending the criminals.

He also issued a stern warning to residents that Level 3 Regulations will be vigorously enforced and those transgressing will deal with the full might of the law.