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Suspected mohair thief arrested after high speed car chase in Pearston

Jun 14, 2018
Suspected mohair thief arrested after high speed car chase in Pearston

The Cluster Commander for SAPS Graaff-Reinet, Brigadier Rudolph Adolph, has commended the outstanding efforts of the men in blue as they continue in their actions in ‘taking back the streets’ from criminals and gaining public confidence from the community they serve.

This is after the SAPS' vigilant back to basics approach to policing by members of the Graaff-Reinet Cluster resulted in the arrest of a 34-year-old male suspect for the possession of suspected stolen goods.

"Due to the swift action by members of Pearston early on Thursday morning, at 02:50, 160kg of mohair to the value of R50 000 was recovered," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"Members from SAPS Pearston were busy conducting high visibility patrols on the Klipplaatberg Road, Pearston, when they noticed, at about 02:50, a suspicious white Toyota Corolla travelling on the road, with one male occupant inside the vehicle.

"When the driver of the white Toyota Corolla noticed the police officials, he sped off in the direction of town."

She said that police members gave chase and the driver of the vehicle was successfully pulled off the road in Prince Street, Pearston.

"Officials acted promptly and discovered two bags containing mohair inside the vehicle. The 34-year-old male was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property and is due to appear in the Pearston Magistrate’s Court on Friday," Capt Swart added.

"Detectives are following up all possible leads to determine where the mohair was stolen and if the suspect could be linked to other related cases.

"Additional charges might be added once the investigations are concluded. The vehicle was also impounded."

She said that the theft of mohair remains a concern for the Graaff-Reinet Cluster - as South Africa’s world famous mohair industry.

"South Africa is the world’s premier supplier of mohair, in quality and quantity, and is one of only a few countries that produce fleece as well as value-added products such as yarn, clothing, blankets, throws and carpets."

Brigadier Adolph praised the officials; "The two members did a sterling job and we believe that the arrest will serve as a deterrent to other would-be offenders”.

The Cluster Commander also encouraged the community to contact their local police station to report any criminal activities, or SAPS Crime stop number 08600 10111, as callers may remain anonymous.