Cops held for stealing safe

2011-03-12 13:01

Klerksdorp - Three policemen were arrested for allegedly stealing a locked steel safe in Klerksdorp, North West police said on Saturday.

The officers were called by a community member who had come across a locked steel safe and the steel saw cutter at the nearby bushes on Friday, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

The officers from the Jouberton police station went to the scene and took the items, but only handed in the steel saw cutter as an exhibit of the reported case.

Other police officers were later alerted that a locked safe was not handed in and an investigation was launched.

The three officers were later allegedly found by investigators in the garden of another community member who had borrowed them an electric grinder machine.

The steel safe had already been cut open.

It is not known what was inside the safe and its owner has not been identified.

The three officers, aged 33, 39 and 41, were arrested and charged with theft and defeating the ends of justice.

They were expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.


  • WHITEPRIDE - 2011-03-12 13:19

    ANd the will carry on being cops

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-12 13:19

    These policemen give the entire police service a bad name. Their motto needs to be changed from "serve and protect" to "never trust a policeman". I personally know a number of good cops, but how does the general public tell the good ones from the bad ones?

      Valkerie - 2011-03-12 13:56

      I second that.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-12 15:10

      They should be sent to jail with hard labour!!!!

  • Alfred - 2011-03-12 13:21

    And these are the same "law enforcers" that you're supposed to invite into your home to show them where you keep your weapons. They should have used that saw to remove their thieving little fingers from their thieving little paws.

  • Ross - 2011-03-12 13:40

    They will be back on the job the next day. Our police force is getting out of hand which is going to cause serious problems in the future.

  • hardereen - 2011-03-12 13:46

    With so much incentive they are surely now ready to enter managerial positions in the ruling party.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-12 13:46

    Its absolutely astonishing, but what can we expect when the boss's of SAPS are up to their necks in seriously big time corruption. Its disgraceful that it is happening and makes a laughing stock of the police, except that it is no joke. We are ruled and "protected" by a bunch of Bandits

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-03-12 14:09

    "who had borrowed them an electric grinder machine" Shouldn't it read: "who had lent them an angle grinder"?? Who writes this drivel? Anyway, it's business as usual in SA while the world looks on in horror at Japan.

  • Zion - 2011-03-12 14:11

    I find it difficult to believe this. 3 cops comming down the street at a shuffle, puffing, panting arguing who gets what while they change over as to who must carry next. I thought the 8 guns lost a day was bad now this!Next they will be robbing banks in full uniform toting uzzi's and their name plates. But what the hell: the country offers them these benefits of the job so why not take it while it lasts. Lets predict the future: 5 garbed in full police regalia rock up at the Merc agency and demand, or else, their Mercs in accordance with their entitlement. Why not? it is Africa.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-12 14:56

    Eish, nothing is "safe" with SA cops. But on da under hand, they just take a lead from their masters, although on a smaller scale. Corrupt and thieving cops should have their jail sentences automatically doubled for being a bad cop.

  • graham.christensen1 - 2011-03-12 14:59

    Lent them perhaps? Great reporting.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-03-12 15:00

    Led by Cele what else can you expect. More criminals in SAPS than outside and we are asked to trust them????

  • Madelane - 2011-03-12 17:44

    Is there any hope for our beleaguered country when you have police with this level of intelligence as in 'hey no one will suspect us of taking the safe that we went to collect'. The same thinking as our politicians or should that be lack of any thinking at all.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-12 18:37

    Why always the race card Brian? It is quite pointless and offensive actually. Stupidity, lack of morals or ethics come in all colours Brian.....merely look at the behaviour of politicians worldwide not to mention the banking sector that have caused so much distress to millions of people worldwide. No indeed colour has nothing to do with it at all.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-12 18:37

    The cops were just doing their job. The sticker on the safe said : "Steel Safe". So they did.

  • Colin - 2011-03-12 20:13

    Who the hell was the reporter that wrote this article, you don't "borrow" anything to a person, you "lend" or "loan" them something. Is this standard practice when reporting for News24 ??.

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