Cops arrest 3 for stolen hand grenades

2012-08-22 18:10
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Johannesburg - Three men were arrested in Pretoria on Tuesday for the theft of 70 military hand grenades, said police.

Eleven grenades were recovered when the men, aged 25 to 34, were arrested in Lyttelton and Sinoville, said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

They were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday, he said.

"One was arrested in Lyttelton and a grenade was recovered," Dlamini said in a statement.

"Further investigations led police to two other suspects and the recovery of 10 grenades."

On July 4, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) said thieves took three crates containing 35 grenades each from a company vehicle at a filling station on the N1 in Hammanskraal. Police found one of the crates in a nearby field.

The unmarked vehicle had been on its way from the Western Cape to the Wallmansthal Military Base, north of Pretoria.

The company said the missing military grenades were not as dangerous as conventional hand grenades.

The worst they could do was burn a person who did not handle them correctly.

RDM said it was working with the police and military officials in an attempt to recover the rest of the grenades.

Dlamini said investigations would continue.

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