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A STOCK theft sus­pect was in­jured and ar­rested af­ter a shootout with the po­lice on Rich­mond Road yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg spokesper­son Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngob­ese told

The Wit­ness that Thornville po­lice of­fi­cers em­barked on an in­tel­li­gencedriven op­er­a­tion along Rich­mond Road yes­ter­day morn­ing. He said three sus­pects were trav­el­ling along the road in a Quan­tum taxi with 30 al­legedly stolen goats.

“When the po­lice tried to stop them, they started shoot­ing at the po­lice. The po­lice re­tal­i­ated and one sus­pect was in­jured on his right arm and sub­se­quently ar­rested. The other two fled and are still at large.”

Ngob­ese said in what seems to be a new modus operandi, the seats of the Quan­tum with tinted win­dows had been re­moved to make room for the goats.

“A 37­year­old sus­pect was ar­rested af­ter he was in­jured dur­ing the

shootout with po­lice. He was charged with at­tempted mur­der and stock theft and will ap­pear at the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg court [to­mor­row].”

— Wit­ness Re­porter.

ABOVE: Head of the PMB stock theft unit, Lieu­tenant­Colonel Lin­dokuhle Xaba shows off the Quan­tum taxi that was al­legedly found to be trans­port­ing 30 stolen goats. LEFT: The seats of the Quan­tum had been re­moved to make room for the goats. PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED

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