Theft: Door thief shown the door

2011-01-28 00:00

A SHOP steward for the timber door and window frame factory Swartland in Westmead, Pinetown, has been arrested for theft of timber products valued at R150 000, police said yesterday.

Captain Thulani Zwane said Swartland’s distribution first noticed the sudden decline in stock between October 2010 and January this year. “The detective made a breakthrough within a period of 24 hours and a house in Folweni township was identified as a ‘storeroom’ for the stock stolen from the factory,” said Zwane.

Further investigation led police to the house, owned by an employee of Swartland who is also a shop steward, said Zwane. Police recovered 100 wooden doors, 100 wooden window frames, five wooden stable doors and a dozen door frames to the total value of R150 000.

“All the recovered items still had Swartland labels on them and were positively identified by the company representative, and the 44-year-old suspect was placed under arrest for theft. Police suspect that there are more employees involved and are confident that more arrests and stock recovery will be made soon.


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