Stock theft hit hard

2016-01-20 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA – Stock theft is a priority property-related crime in the Eastern Free State and the prevalence of this crime is reduced through good relations between the police and community.

An arrest was made after community members had seen a suspicious man with sheep and goats.

Sgt. Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said on Friday (15/01) at approximately 10:00 a community member at the Tseki Village spotted a suspicious person with 29 sheep and 3 goats.

“He informed the police, who went to the scene and questioned the suspect who alleged he had bought the livestock in Lesotho, but could not produce any documents in this regard. All the livestock had fresh brand marks. Therefore, he was arrested and charged,” Mophiring said.

He said the suspect was expected to appear before the Tseki Magistrate’s Court to face a charge of the possession of suspected stolen goods.

Meanwhile, it was reported that on Saturday (16/01) at about 15:00 a shepherd from the Masaleng Village was busy tending 16 sheep in the veld when he was scared off by an unknown person with a firearm.

“The suspect fired a shot in the air and the shepherd fled and left the livestock. When he later came back, all 16 sheep were missing. A case of stock theft is under investigation,” Mophiring said.

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