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Five arrested with abalone worth over R3 million after cops respond to robbery complaint

Jan 17, 2018
Five arrested with abalone worth over R3 million after cops respond to robbery complaint

The vigilance of members responding to a compliant, resulted in the arrest of five suspects for being in possession of abalone with an estimated street value of R3 678 000 late on Tuesday night in Macassar.

"Members on patrol were alerted of a possible house robbery at a residence in Anton Frans Street, and upon their arrival on the scene, their instincts and vigilance indicated that the occupants of the residence were acting suspiciously," said police.

"The residence and the vehicles were searched, which led to the discovery of the abalone.

"The five suspects, aged between 22 and 26 years old, are expected to make a court appearance on Thursday to face a charge of illegal possession of abalone."

While the circumstances surrounding the discovery are still under investigation, the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen KE Jula, praised his members for their contribution to fight the scourge of abalone poaching in the province.

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