Between 8 and 9 February 2020, a farmhouse situated in Vryheid was broken into by the unknown persons. The suspects gained entry through a window and door before items inside the home were stolen. A case of burglary was opened at Vryheid SAPS for further investigation.
On the night of 10 February 2020, a multidisciplinary team consisting of police officers from various units at Vryheid, followed up on intelligence with regards to suspects possibly involved in the burglary at the farm. The team proceeded to Bhekuzulu where three suspects were observed loading furniture onto a bakkie and trailer.
The vehicle was monitored and was intercepted along the R69 in Vryheid. The men failed to provide police with a satisfactory explanation for being in possession of the furniture and were unable to produce invoices for the furniture. Further investigation was conducted at the suspect’s residences.
A further three suspects were arrested after they were also found in possession of furniture and household items that were stolen from the same farm.
Preliminary investigations revealed that furniture was being transported to a neighbouring country. Six men aged between 38 and 53 were arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property. They are expected to appear at the Vryheid Magistrates Court.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the team for the swift arrest of the suspects. “The speedy response and investigation by police officers at Vryheid prevented these stolen goods from being removed from the country. Recent breakthroughs with regards to cross border crimes have led to many criminals being arrested,” he said.
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