Sunday, September 07, 2008

Cop held for R4m stolen goods

Ladies and gentlemen, your protectors against crime. This bloke will probably receive a suspension (oh, I dunno, two, three years on full salary and legal aid at taxpayers' expense), then a warning, maybe a fine and be back at work - if the track record of the police in dealing with these things is anything to go by. Yeesh...

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Six men have been arrested in connection with stolen goods worth over R4m, Mpumalanga police said.

Spokeperson Leonard Hlathi said the six, including a police officer were arrested in Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng.

"A total of 18 men robbed a truck at Ram Courier, Witbank on August 19. While the truck was reversing into the depot, the men, some in police uniforms, came running into the yard and held staff at gunpoint."

Hlathi said boxes of cellphones, t- shirts, and laptops from the warehouse were taken by the suspects.

One of the escort personnel, who were accompanying the truck, was shot and wounded during the robbery.

The truck driver was arrested as it was discovered that he was allegedly part of the robbery, Hlathi said.

Twelve men were still at large and six would appear in Witbank Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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