Unlicensed dealers nabbed

2015-05-05 06:00

During an undercover operation, Wynberg police arrested two men for selling cellphones without being in possession of a second-hand goods dealer licence.

Under the authority of the provincial police, the officers made use of a trap to prove an offence took place.

The officers used state money to purchase the items during the operation.

Warrant Officer Silvino Davids, spokesperson of the Wynberg Police, says two shops just off Main Road were identified for this operation. “During the operation an undercover police officer dressed in civilian clothing, with R1 000 in hand made his way to a cellphone repair shop to see if he could purchase a cellphone,” he says.

Davids says once an exchange of money and goods were made, another undercover police officer would enter the store and confront the owner or person who sold the goods.

“The owner or manager of the store is then questioned and his documentation or licence is checked and if it’s not in accordance to the Secondhand Goods Dealers Act, he is arrested,” he says.

Davids says it was found that neither owners of both stores were in possession of the correct documentation to purchase or sell any second-hand goods which includes cellphones.

In total about 22 cellphones were confiscated from the stores. “It is important that we do these spot checks to ensure that stolen property does not end up in these stores and are bought by people,” he says.

Davids explains that secondhand goods dealers who do not comply with the Act will be fined or arrested depending on the offence. “We urge people who want to deal in second-hand goods to register their business before selling or purchasing any goods,” he says

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