‘Sticky tape’ suspects re-arrested

2014-03-06 00:00

CAMPERDOWN police have been praised by farmers for re-arresting the “Sticky Tape Gang” on Tuesday.

This after eight suspects who were linked to the farm robberies in Camperdown were caught with stolen property in their possession.

Farmer Cameron Smith said police acted fast after they had complained about them hastily arresting the suspects last Friday without doing proper groundwork. This led to the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court throwing the case out and releasing the suspects even before they appeared in court.

“You have got to give credit where credit is due because now police have arrested the suspects with stuff that was taken from the farms,” said Smith.

He said police now had evidence that would stick in court, which means they can be rest assured that those who had been terrorising their community were behind bars.

Another farmer, Adrian Fourie, said, “I am overjoyed by the police work and I would like to congratulate them. My thanks goes out to everyone who had been involved.”

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said, “The suspects were released and immediately re-arrested by the members on another case of a farm attack linking them to the crimes.”

He said members of SAPS Camperdown Detective Services, following up on a tip-off, went to a tavern in the Sankontshe area near Mpumulanga, where they recovered two allegedly stolen pellet guns, a 303 rifle, a .38 Special revolver and various live rounds.

“A safe and a new wheel and tyre were also recovered. The items that were recovered were positively identified by the owner, whose employee was taped up by the suspects and left for two hours to wait for the owner to return,” said Zwane.

He said the men are expected to make a court appearance shortly.

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