Ietermagog saved from harvester clutches

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Five people were arrested after they allegedly tried to peddle a yetermagog on Cullinan and ran into a well-planned police operation.

The intelligence-driven operation was launched on Friday by the Cullinan Police’s Livestock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, several other police units and the Gauteng Traffic Police after receiving information about the intended transaction.

After it was determined that the transaction would take place on Friday, an operational team was formed and strategically located in the vicinity of the place where it would take place, says AO. Johan van Dyk, police spokesman.

All entrances and exits were covered and a tactical team was on standby to pursue any person or vehicle that might try to flee.

Two vehicles arrived at the agreed location and the established team arrested three suspects in one of these vehicles, says Van Dyk.

“The second vehicle sped away when they realized arrests were being made. A high-speed chase in the direction of Mpumalanga followed.”

The vehicle was stopped and the occupants arrested. The police also seized the two Toyota Corolla vehicles in which the suspects were travelling.

The maggot they apparently tried to tame was unharmed and was taken to a wildlife refuge.

The five suspects are charged with offenses in terms of the National Environmental Management Act. They are expected to appear in court on Monday.