Po­lice find bulk of stolen wool

The Rep - - NEWS - By Sonja Raasch and Zo­lile Men­zelwa

A GROUP of Cath­cart farm­ers have praised the Queen­stown stock theft unit for ‘bril­liant’ work fol­low­ing the re­cov­ery of 69 bales of wool dur­ing a hi­jack­ing last week.

A to­tal of 91 bales of wool, val­ued at about R1.3-mil­lion, were en route to BKB in Port El­iz­a­beth when the truck was hi­jacked at gun­point by armed men be­tween Fort Beau­fort and Gra­ham­stown last Tues­day.

The truck con­tained wool from the farms of Dave and Dun­can Cur­rie, Richard Arm­strong and Mark An­der­son of the Cath­cart dis­trict.

The driver and co-driver were tied up with cable ties and ab­ducted by the men. Both were later found un­harmed while the truck was found on the road to Lady Frere. The wool had been off­loaded.

Farm­ers from the dis­trict im­me­di­ately started search­ing and, fol­low­ing a tip-off, called in the po­lice.

Dun­can Cur­rie said the re­ac­tion of the Queen­stown stock theft unit, headed by Colonel Keith Jag­gers, had been swift and ef­fi­cient.

Four sus­pects were ar­rested in Maya vil­lage near Qa­mata with 69 bales found. Some of the wool had been placed into other bags while the re­main­der was miss­ing.

Po­lice spokesman lieu­tenant Namhla Mdle­leni said four sus­pects, aged be­tween the ages of 25 and 45, were in cus­tody.

They were due to ap­pear in the Cofimv­aba Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of pos­ses­sion of un­li­censed firearms and sus­pected stolen goods.

Two un­li­censed firearms were seized.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

EUREKA: A to­tal of 69 of 91 bales of wool, stolen dur­ing a hi­jack­ing, were re­cov­ered in Qa­mata

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