Trio detained for ‘stealing’ sheep

2012-08-31 00:00

THREE men found themselves in a very tight spot on Wednesday morning. And that doesn’t only refer to what they must have felt about the surprised glare of the police officers who were arresting them.

The three were found squeezed into a Toyota Tazz which also carried four sheep as passengers in Morningside near Ixopo.

Mxolisi Dlamini (20), Sabelo Khoza (22) and Thobani Madlala (20) appeared in the Ixopo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for being in possession of suspected stolen property — the sheep.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker, said police were conducting a stop and search operation on the R56 Main Road when they stopped the car.

“There were three occupants in the vehicle with two sheep on the rear seat and two in the boot of the car. The suspects could not give a reasonable account of how they had come to be in possession of the animals. They were arrested and detained,” Naicker said.

A case of stock theft is being investigated by the Himeville Stock Theft Unit. The case has been remanded until September 6. — WR.

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