Teenage stock thief busted by Despatch police with around six cattle carcasses

APRIL 14, 2017
Teenage stock thief busted by Despatch police with around six cattle carcasses

A suspected 18-year-old stock thief is spent Easter weekend behind bars after he was nabbed by police for possession of suspected stolen stock or produce when police found him transporting carcass meat of not less than six cattle early on Thursday morning. 

"At around 02:00, police were patrolling at Caylor Manor Road, Despatch, when they spotted a grey Opel Astra with a trailer driving with its headlights switched off and they pulled it off the road," described police spokesperson, Sgt Majola Nkohli.

"The alert members noticed blood stains on the side of a trailer.

"On questioning the driver about blood stains, he could not give a satisfactory answer and then requested to search the vehicle."

That was when police recovered carcass meat of not less than six cattle and also seized weapons such as knives, pangas, which are believed to have been used in slaughtering the stock. 

"An 18-year-old man was arrested and is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on charges of possession of suspected stolen stock or produce and with a possibility of additional charges at the later stage of the investigation," said Sgt Nkohli.