Three police officers were arrested for allegedly stealing a locked steel safe in Klerksdorp, North West police said today.
The officers were called by a community member who had come across a locked steel safe and the steel saw cutter at the nearby bushes yesterday, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.
The officers from the Jouberton police station went to the scene and took the items, but only handed in the steel saw cutter as an exhibit of the reported case.
Other police officers were later alerted that a locked safe was not handed in and an investigation was launched.
The three officers were later allegedly found by investigators in the garden of another community member who had borrowed them an electric grinder machine.
The steel safe had already been cut open.
It is not known what was inside the safe and its owner has not been identified.
The three officers, aged 33, 39 and 41, were arrested and charged with theft and defeating the ends of justice.
They are expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrates Court on Monday.