2 suspects held over MTPA rhino horn theft

2014-06-09 09:33

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Mbombela - Two people arrested in connection with the theft of 112 rhino horns from a strong room at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) were expected to appear in court on Monday.

"They were arrested around Nelspruit, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, and investigations are still continuing", Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

The pair was expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on charges of burglary and theft, a correspondent reported.

Ramaloko said they were not MTPA employees.

There had been speculation that the theft was the result of an inside job.

Altogether 112 rhino horns were stolen from a secure strong room at the MTPA on 20 April.

The horns had been removed from live rhinos in order to protect them from poachers.
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