Grahamstown stock thieves busted en-route to PE with 18 slaughtered sheep

JULY 4, 2016

Three suspects, aged between 40 and 47 years, are expected to appear in the Grahamstown Magistrates court soon after they were busted on Saturday night with suspected stolen sheep valued at approximately R27 000.

"At approximately 21:50, on Saturday night, members of the Grahamstown Highway Patrol were conducting a vehicle check point on the N2 when they tried to stop an open bakkie that was travelling towards Port Elizabeth.

"The driver drove off at high speed and the members gave chase."

Whilst the vehicle was still in motion, two male occupants, who were at the back jumped off and ran into the bushes.

"The members managed to stop the vehicle about 11 kms from the roadblock in the direction of Port Elizabeth. The driver tried to flee but was unsuccessful," police said.

"The other two passengers, who were in front also tried to escape but could not get out as the vehicle was close to the railings."

During an inspection of the vehicle they discovered 18 sheep, all slaughtered. 

Detectives from the Stock Theft were at the scene and will continue with the investigation.