Police discover stolen property

2015-08-26 06:01
MEMBERS of the Welkom K9 and Crime Intelligence Units investigating possible clues from confiscated stolen computers. From the left are WO Boitumelo Setouto, WO Kgotso Lebeko and Const. Tlalane Mokhuamathe.

MEMBERS of the Welkom K9 and Crime Intelligence Units investigating possible clues from confiscated stolen computers. From the left are WO Boitumelo Setouto, WO Kgotso Lebeko and Const. Tlalane Mokhuamathe.

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THE Thabong police are appealing to residents and educational institutions at which burglaries were committed recently to come and identify their belongings from among stolen technology and household electrical items that were found.

The items include electrical appliances and computers which were discovered after two suspected burglars were apprehended last Wednesday (19/08).

WO Malebo Khosana, Thabong police spokesperson, said some of the items were discovered hidden at a house in Thabong and one in Doorn in Welkom.

The police nabbed the two suspected burglars after responding to a a tip-off about a man transporting items to Welkom’s Vaal Maseru Depot.

Khosana said the Welkom K9 and Crime Intelligence police members busted the two suspects at different places, adding that the arrests were a breakthrough in their investigation into a spate of burglaries.

He said they were looking for a third suspect linked to the crimes, after more items were found at the suspect’s house in Doorn.

Khosana said a string of burglaries which occurred at different educational institutions and houses within Thabong were reported at the police station.

“There were a spate of burglaries at houses and at various schools in Lejwelepu-tswa. These include the Seabo Primary School, Lenakeng Secondary School, Lemotso Primary School and Tosa Technical Vocational Education and Training in Thabong,” he said.

Khosana said the first suspect was caught in possession of about eight computer monitors which he presumably was transporting to the hideout – the Vaal Maseru Depot in Welkom.

He said after his arrest the suspect led the members to a house in 300 Section in Thabong where additional items were discovered after the house had been searched. These items included seven monitors, a projector and electrical tools.

Khosana said they were also led to a house in Doorn where more bags containing computers and monitors were found and seized by the police. He said the owner of the house in Doorn, suspected to be an accomplice in the crimes, was nowhere to be found. “The police are searching for him,” he said.

The two suspects are facing charges relating to possession of suspected stolen items and of burglary. Khosana said implements and tools were found at their houses that could have been used during the burglaries into houses and schools in Thabong

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