Cash recovered after cop shop safe theft

2013-04-02 18:45

Johannesburg - Three men accused of stealing a safe from the Alberton police station appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The matter was postponed to 18 April for further investigation and bail application, Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

Luvolwethu Eland, 24, Vusumuzi Ximba, 44, and a police constable at the police station Sibuti Petros Mazibuko, 27, are accused of stealing the safe on 22 March.

All three men were arrested late last month.

Dlamini said two other people were arrested over the weekend in Turffontein and Rondebult in Alberton relating to the theft of the safe.

"A substantial amount of money and [a] firearm were recovered. A vehicle... suspected to have been used to steal the safe has been impounded.

"The safe has not yet been recovered," said Dlamini.

"Police investigation is continuing into the disappearance of the safe."

The security camera at the police station's gate had been tampered with.

The safe was kept in the police exhibit store. It appeared that those who stole it had dragged it along a passage and loaded it into a vehicle.

Five other police officers were suspended for alleged maladministration and failure to comply with standing instructions. More arrests and suspensions were expected soon.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said at the time procedures were in place for handling cash handed in as exhibits.

According to these rules the money should not have been in the safe.

A team was busy with an audit at the Alberton police station. Preliminary reports indicated that other exhibits, including a vehicle, were also missing from the store.

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-04-02 19:12

    And the police constable wont be suspended until the court finds him guilty - so yet another criminal has free access to a vehicle and firearm - and full pay, all paid for by the taxpayers!

      George Webb - 2013-04-02 21:32

      @ Linda The guys has been arrested and awaiting trial when they will lodge a formal bail application. Currently the cop has no access to a car or a firearm he is in jail.

  • Henk Tredoux - 2013-04-02 19:21

    And so? What now? Cops arrested, cash recovered..........they will get a verbal warning, and will be redeployed at the commercial crime unit, because now the have the relevant job experience, they can even become members in the training unit!

      Dave Mbeva - 2013-04-02 19:53


      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-02 20:06

      This qualifies them for a promotion.

      John Smith - 2013-04-02 20:12

      Try validating the ethical cops that exposed this corruption. They are effecting a change in the right direction. Evil only persists when good men do nothing.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-04-03 07:50

      @John: Sadly there were no ethical cops that exposed any corruption. The crooked ones got away with being corrupt until they were stupid enough to steal the safe. Then it became a bit obvious to everyone.

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-04-02 19:31

    If same Police who suppose to arrest the robbers are robbing from themselves in Police Station then oh boy, im worried about this country's future

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-02 20:07

      yep, be very worried

      hgambold - 2013-04-03 10:18

      keystone cops !!!!

  • Muenda Ramulongo - 2013-04-02 19:58

    The EastRand Job:

  • John Smith - 2013-04-02 20:06

    Great! Some of the corrupt are being removed. Well done you ethical police!

  • Hein Huyser - 2013-04-02 20:11

    And the dtstion commander is not heard of, or seen. They are the cause of slack discipline in their stations. Remove them and replace them with people who knows more about their jobs and less about politics and our citizens will be safe again

  • simakoko - 2013-04-02 20:13

    OK so The safe has not yet been recovered, mean NOT GUILTY

  • John Smith - 2013-04-02 20:24

    These thugs are in jail awaiting a bail hearing. Will they be suspended on full pay when granted bail or put on 'special unpaid leave'

  • Carol Pieterson - 2013-04-02 20:47

    Im speechless what next ...very worried about our country moving backwards from all the hardwork and struggle to be equal citizens.... I want to cry out loud.....

  • Mulisa Makhalimela - 2013-04-02 20:48

    how can they find some money en not a safe,how big is the safe,but is police internal job,they know wat 2 do to get money thats wy they say sacurity cameras was tempered

      Boet Ackermann - 2013-04-03 07:53

      It was easy to find some of the money because the KFC is just around the corner from the station. I suppose the safe is still at the station comdr van Vuuren's house for safekeeping

  • pws69 - 2013-04-02 20:53

    I'm really impressed that no policemen noticed 5 people dragging a safe down a corridor. Did Harry Potter lose his invisibility cloak?

      Boet Ackermann - 2013-04-03 08:03

      They are the 5 policemen running the station and it would be crazy to open a docket with them being the suspected suspects and the people in the holding cells being the eye witneses

  • Christoffel Bouwer Nel - 2013-04-02 22:06

    Nou steel ons eers lekker!

  • iNJBL - 2013-04-03 06:45

    Police get robbed by police at police station! Better headline

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2013-04-03 07:01

    Sad state of affairs our police farce

  • Vic Grant - 2013-04-03 07:30

    Harsh sentences must be handed down to police officers who break the law, as they are the one's who are supposed to enforce the law.They should also be immediately suspended without pay until. if found not guilty only then reimburse them there wages.

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