Stock thieves in shootout with police, Sparkington farm

South African Police Service

Stock thieves in shootout with police, Sparkington farm
Stock thieves in shootout with police, Sparkington farm

In an effort to curb crime in King Williams Town Cluster Police have their ears on the ground in gathering information that can assist in the fight against Stock Theft.

K9 Unit members received a valuable information about a suspicious vehicle at Sparkington farm and managed to arrest two males aged 31 and 34. Upon arrival at the scene, Police saw a white Toyota Bakkie and a high speed chase ensued on a gravel road for more than 20 km before the suspects lost control of the vehicle. After losing control of the vehicle the suspects attempted to run from the Police while firing shots at the members who were chasing after them.

The suspects swam through a muddy river and members persisted in the pursuit and managed to apprehend the suspects. Police recovered the remains of slaughtered cows, loaded on the back of the vehicle and it were subsequently confiscated.

In an unrelated incident, Zwelitsha Police followed up on information received about a cow that was being slaughtered at Zone 9, Zwelitsha. The members swiftly acted and on arrival on the scene 2 suspects were found, busy slaughtering a cow. Upon noticing police presence, the suspects fled from the scene. The Police did not rest as they went back to the house of the suspect (27) during the early hours of today where the suspect was caught sleeping and was immediately apprehended.

These suspects will appear at Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 14 February 2019 on a charge of Stock Theft.

The Cluster Commander of King Williams Town, Brigadier Luntu Ngubelanga commended the members for their efforts in curbing stock theft in the cluster and encouraged the members to remain focused. He added by saying “It is very motivating to see that members are working tirelessly into reducing crime in the King William’s Town areas”. He also encouraged the community members to report criminals and/or criminal activities of this nature to the police on Crime Stop 08600 10111, Crime Line 32211 or the nearest police station.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service