16 Checkers syndicate members are caught

2011-02-04 15:25

Sixteen people allegedly belonging to a syndicate which robbed a number of Shoprite Checkers stores of goods worth millions of rands were arrested today, the Hawks said.

“Shoprite transports tons of goods to its outlets every morning, but instead of transporting the goods to Shoprite outlets the syndicate delivered some or none of the goods,” Colonel McIntosh Polela said in a statement.

They allegedly colluded with shop employees who signed for the goods as having been delivered.
The goods were then sold to private wholesalers.

The Hawks raided wholesalers in Brits, Garankuwa and Bronkhorstspruit when they arrested the 16.

During the raids they found the carcasses of a cat, zebra, buck and crocodile in a cold storage unit, allegedly intended to be sold as meat to unsuspecting local residents.

The nature conservation team was called in to assist the Hawks.

Most of the goods were being delivered from Nampak to Shoprite outlets.

Some were destined for government institutions such as the University of Limpopo’s Medunsa campus.

The syndicate, allegedly involving Checkers employees, truck drivers, private wholesalers and security guards, operated between Pretoria, Garankuwa and Brits.

All 16 were facing charges of theft and were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Polela said the Hawks would be arresting more people linked to the syndicate. 

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