Looters who have not returned the goods they looted have until Sunday to hand over all the goods to the police.
This is the stern ultimatum from the Greytown police after stolen goods were confiscated in Nhlalakahle Township in Greytown on Friday and on Saturday morning.
The recovery of the stolen items was made during a joint operation between the police and members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
The deadline for grace period to voluntarily return the looted goods will end on Sunday at 6 am. The goods can be dropped off at these identified points: Gugulethu sport field, at the entrance to Greytown Hospital or at the Lucky Sport field.
A police source said: “We are being lenient with the community by giving them two days to return the stolen goods to avoid being prosecuted. Those who use this grace period will not be prosecuted. “However, if anyone is found in possession of looted items on Sunday [tomorrow] after the deadline has lapsed, they will be prosecuted and charged. We will strengthen our operations this week to conduct door-to-door campaigns.
“We are acting on the information we receive from sources and searching the premises suspected to have the looted goods.”
Meanwhile, this week, four men were charged for possession of dagga after the police recovered eight bags of dagga with an estimated street value of R500 000.
It’s alleged that the men were en route from Dundee to Pietermaritzburg.
Police source said: “These joint operations between the police and the SANDF will continue for a long time until all the stolen goods are recovered.”