Six poachers arrested by Greytown SAPS

2017-06-14 06:00
The six suspects have appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Courton on charges related to poaching.

The six suspects have appeared in the Greytown Magistrate’s Courton on charges related to poaching.

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SIX alleged poachers were surprised and arrested by an efficient Greytown SAPS team, led by Warrant Officer Tim Steyn, last Tuesday.

Acting on information received that a group of people, with 15 or so hunting dogs, had been dropped off on a game farm outside Greytown with the intention of hunting buck, the SAPS team moved fast. In the area the team soon located an Isuzu truck hidden in a plantation and took the only occupant, with one dog, totally by surprise. He said he had dropped off five others, plus 15 hunting dogs. The truck was impounded and the occupant arrested

Then the search was on. To keep a low profile the police team used a taxi and when it could go no further a home- made “bush vehicle” constructed from pipes was used. When that also could go no further they proceeded on foot, walking a good couple of kilometres fully kitted out with bullet-proof vests weighing about 9.5 kg, assault rifles and radios.

The area covered was vast and it was some hours before the gang was spotted. It appeared they were returning to their truck so the police quietly and quickly did the same.

This time, however, they were in a marked police van, the suspects saw them and ran off into the bushes. The police retreated and pretended to leave the area.

After waiting a while, the team again arranged for a taxi to transport them. As they entered the vehicle information was received that the suspects were just in front of them close to a gravel road.

The police crouched down in the vehicle which managed to pull up right next to the gang and their dogs.

Imagine the surprise and consternation as the sliding doors of the taxi opened and out jumped policemen armed with assault rifles.
The suspects were so totally stunned not one made the slightest attempt to run away. They were made to lie down, after which they were searched and a 9mm pistol was found on one of them.

All six were charged accordingly, 15 dogs confiscated and a 9mm pistol recovered.

What made this accomplishment so much more special, is that all the team members only recently joined SAPS Greytown after completing their basic training.

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