Police bust for bog-roll theft

2009-01-19 00:00

TWO women SAPS officers were arrested at Greys Hospital on Friday after they were allegedly caught leaving with hospital toilet paper and other cleaning material, which they had packed in the back of a police vehicle.

They were caught red-handed after a hospital security guard demanded the officers open the boot of the SAPS vehicle. Health spokesman Leon Mbangwa said the police refused to open the boot and another guard came to help. “One of the police officers then opened the boot. Inside the boot they found two 48 packs of toilet paper, two litres of dishwashing liquid and a two-litre container of Handy Andy soap.”

A source told The Witness that one of the officers has a friend in the hospital. “They went into the hospital and met with the friend who was waiting with the goods. They loaded it in the back of the bakkie and drove off.” Mbangwa said police were called and the “two suspects were arrested and taken to Town Hill police station”.

The two officers are expected to be charged with possession of stolen goods, but the police said they have not yet completed the investigation.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the officers are members of Pietermaritzburg dog unit.

“We are taking statements from different people including the security guards and the case will be referred to the Director of Public Prosecution who will decide whether to prosecute.”

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