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Police Constables arrested with stolen property after joining looters

May 2, 2018
Police Constables arrested with stolen property after joining looters

Two police officers, aged 37 and 34 years old, holding the ranks of Constable, were arrested on Monday morning while on duty subsequent to being found in possession of suspected stolen cellphones.

"The alleged cellphones were reported stolen from a local furniture store in Hartswater. The cellphones and many items including television sets, electric appliances were stolen during service delivery protests where looting was the order of the day," said police spokesperson, Brig Ramatseba.

"Two arrested police officers were also seen being part of community members, who looted business premises in Hartswater and Pampierstad."

The arrest of the two officers was executed after Crime Intelligence, Counter Intelligence, K9 Unit, Tactical Response Team, Public Order Police and Hartswater Police followed on information, which implicates them on criminal activities which emanated during the looting and protests in Hartswater.

"The officers were arrested early on Monday morning while they were on duty.  During the arrest they were found in possession of suspected stolen cellphones," Brig Ramatseba said.

"One of the suspects was found with a cellphone in his possession, while other phone was found at the other suspect's house.

"The suspects were handed to the the IPID for further investigation."