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Trio nabbed for possession of suspected stolen government property

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The police arrested three men in Kimberley after they were found in possession of suspected stolen government property.

The police found ‘face value’ documents that are used for printing official state documents. Picture: SAPS

THE POLICE arrested three men in Kimberley after they were found in possession of suspected stolen government property.

The incident unfolded when members of the Northern Cape Provincial Organised Crime Investigation unit, in collaboration with the Kimberley K9 unit, acted on information about a suspicious vehicle believed to be transporting stolen property.

According to police spokesperson Sergeant Merapelo Pilane, the blue Volkswagen vehicle was spotted near the Kimberley Tourist Information Centre. Upon investigation, the officers found the three occupants unloading large blue bags from the vehicle.

“Upon searching the bags, the police members found the ‘face value’ documents that are used for printing official [state] documents, including temporary driving licences, motor vehicle licences and vehicle registration certificates, as well as a printer and a scanner,” said Pilane.

“The suspects could not provide a satisfactory explanation regarding the ownership of the property in their possession.”

Pilane said that further investigations revealed that the suspected stolen items were linked to a burglary that was reported at the municipality in Groblershoop on February 19.

The three suspects, who are between the ages of 27 and 45, are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrates Court soon.

The police investigation remains ongoing, aiming to unravel the full extent of this alleged criminal operation.

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