Alert cops nabbed contraband thief

2015-10-15 06:00

Harare Saps officers Sgt Loriette Groenewald, Sgt Shane Allan and Sgt Shiela Koegelenberg with recovered stolen cigarettes.

Harare Saps officers Sgt Loriette Groenewald, Sgt Shane Allan and Sgt Shiela Koegelenberg with recovered stolen cigarettes.

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Police in Harare have arrested a man who was caught with more than R60000 worth of stolen cigarettes.

The 34 year old suspect was nabbed on Wednesday when he was spotted by police at 43 Block Makhaza in Khayelitsha.

“Police were on routine vehicle patrol when they spotted a suspicious looking white Mazda Sting) vehicle, at approximately 15:30. As the police pursued the vehicle they also linked up with a security vehicle which was already searching for the same vehicle,” said spokesperson Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi.

The suspect huffed and puffed but was apprehended by police who discovered the vehicle was loaded with the contraband worth R65000.

“Information received was that a British American Tobacco vehicle was robbed of cigarettes in Plumstead earlier in the day.

The vehicle was also reported as stolen from Woodstock,” said Vukubi.

The suspect, a resident of Harare was arrested and charged for possession of stolen property as well as possession of stolen vehicle. He has appeared in Khayelitsha Magistrate Court

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