Tip-off leads to stock-theft ar­rests

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A FARMER from Mo­janaga farm in the Thaba Nchu District was sur­prised when he was told by the Thaba Nchu po­lice to come and iden­tify his re­cov­ered live­stock, as he was un­aware that the an­i­mals had been stolen, Free State po­lice said yesterday. On Satur­day, the Selose­sha crime in­tel­li­gence clus­ter (CIC) re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from a re­li­able source about a planned theft of live­stock at Mo­janaga farm, Sergeant Martin Xuma said. Mem­bers of the Selose­sha CIC and Thaba Nchu po­lice sta­tion’s vis­i­ble polic­ing unit kept ob­ser­va­tion, and at about noon they no­ticed a bakkie with six cows on a trailer trav­el­ling near the Naledi Sun ho­tel. Po­lice flagged the bakkie down and or­dered the driver to pull off the road. They re­quested the pa­pers for the trans­porta­tion of the live­stock from the driver, but he could not pro­duce them. “The three African males, of which two are Le­sotho cit­i­zens and one from Bloem­fontein, were ar­rested for stock theft. Upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion, po­lice learnt that one of the sus­pects is a shep­herd at Mo­janaga farm, from where the stock was al­legedly stolen. “Po­lice con­tacted the farmer, who was not aware that his live­stock had been stolen, to come and iden­tify his an­i­mals. He iden­ti­fied his live­stock, val­ued at about R40 000, and they were handed back to the farmer.” The three sus­pects were ex­pected to ap­pear in the Thaba Nchu Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day. Free State po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Jacob Tsumane ap­plauded the source for alert­ing the po­lice. – ANA

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