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Upington Flying Squad arrests two suspected stock thieves

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Members of the Upington Flying Squad intercepted a bakkie on the R360 that was transporting suspected stolen sheep.

Two men are facing stock theft charges after allegedly stealing three sheep. Picture: Supplied

TWO MEN are facing charges of stock theft after they were arrested by the Upington Flying Squad for allegedly stealing three sheep with an estimated value of R6,000.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien said the two suspects, aged 26 and 38 years old, were arrested after the police received information about a suspicious bakkie that was transporting sheep.

“On August 23, 2021, at approximately 1.30pm, two members from the Upington Flying Squad received information about a blue Isuzu bakkie allegedly transporting stolen sheep on the R360 road from Witdraai towards Upington. Approximately 50km from Upington, the two members intercepted the bakkie in which two males and hitch-hikers, whom they apparently gave a lift to, were travelling. Upon searching the vehicle they discovered three sheep inside.”

Gamieldien said investigations revealed that the sheep were allegedly stolen from a local farm.

“The members mobilised the assistance of the Upington Stock Theft unit, the Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC) and the Witdraai police. Information revealed that the sheep were allegedly stolen from Avalon farm. The owner also positively identified the stolen sheep as her stock.

“The Witdraai SAPS are investigating a case of stock theft and the two suspects are expected to appear in the Upington Magistrate’s Court soon. The bakkie was seized as it was allegedly used in the commission of a crime,” Gamieldien concluded.

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