Limpopo cop in court for liquor theft

2013-10-02 14:30

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A Limpopo detective and five co-accused have appeared in the Lephalale Magistrates’ Court in connection with theft of liquor worth R15 000.

Constable Johannes Mashitisho (27) of the Lephalale police station appeared in court yesterday, a Sapa correspondent reported.

He appeared along with his co-accused, Thabo Tswele (22) Edwin Mogashoa (37) Buti Mnyakeni (30) Kgothatso Letswalo (22) and Evans Tolo (36).

They were not asked to plead and face charges of business burglary and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The six were arrested on Sunday morning in connection with a burglary at a liquor store in Lephalale on Saturday night, Limpopo police said.

“The owners of the store reported the matter and a follow-up by the police led to the officer’s house where some of the stolen alcohol was recovered,” said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

During the search, police found two firearms and ammunition at the officer’s home. Police were led to the other five suspects, Mulaudzi said. The serial numbers on both firearms had been removed.

The six would remain in custody and the case was postponed to October 8 for a bail application.

Police would investigate to determine whether the firearms were linked to any other crimes, Mulaudzi said.

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