Police couple found with stolen vehicle

2013-09-23 00:00

POLICE netted two of their own — a married couple — for the alleged possession of a stolen vehicle hijacked in Pinetown on Saturday.

An investigation into the hijacking, and a tip-off to the Umkomaas police, swiftly led them to a house in Danganya location, south of Durban. Here police discovered the stolen VW Polo Vivo parked on the residential property owned by the two constables, both stationed at the Inanda police station. They were arrested together with two other people.

The two police officers are believed to be members of the Inanda Tactical Response Unit.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said officers from Umkomaas took a tough line when were following up information of a possible hijacked vehicle.

“Three suspects, one male and two females, were immediately arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property. It was discovered that two of the suspects, aged 27 and 29, were the owners of the house, a husband and wife. Both were constables from Inanda,” he said.

Naicker said police conducted further investigations and arrested another 26-year-old man in the area in connection with the hijacking. The four will appear in court soon.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the police for their breakthrough and said they were pleased with the latest development.

“Whilst we are disappointed that two police officials are linked to this case, we once again reiterate that there is no excuse for crime and everybody, irrespective of who they are, even police officers, will be dealt with harshly if they are involved in crime,” said Ngobeni.

The commissioner added that an internal disciplinary investigation into the conduct of both officers would begin in earnest.

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