Tol­l­ga­te bust of ‘sto­len goods’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Misdaad | Crime - Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay po­li­ce sta­ti­on com­man­der prai­sed lo­cal of­fi­cers for dis­co­ve­ring sus­pected sto­len goods worth mo­re than R80 000.

Po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Cap­tain Mar­le­ne Pie­ter­se said Con­sta­bles Siy­a­vuya Non­gan­ga and Si­bu­le­le N­ga­li joi­ned a ro­ad­block at the N2 tol­l­ga­te on 27 March at a­bout 23:00.

“At a­bout 23:55 a bus was stop­ped and se­ar­ched by po­li­ce mem­bers, but Non­gan­ga no­ti­ced sus­pi­ci­ous pe­op­le in­si­de the bus. They look­ed un­com­for­ta­ble in the pre­sen­ce of the po­li­ce,” Pie­ter­se said.

Non­gan­ga, with the as­sis­tan­ce of Con­sta­ble Ja­son K­ri­ga, as­ked the d­ri­ver to se­arch lar­ge bags on the bus – es­pe­ci­al­ly two wit­hout o­w­ners­hip tags.

“They as­ked the d­ri­ver per­mis­si­on to se­arch the bags. The d­ri­ver went in­si­de the bus to ask to w­hom the lug­ga­ge be­lon­ged to. A Zim­bab­we­an na­ti­o­nal clai­med to be the o­w­ner. With his per­mis­si­on the bags we­re se­ar­ched.”

Du­ring the se­arch, cos­me­ti­cs and e­ner­gy boos­ters, with an es­ti­ma­ted va­lue of R80 000, we­re dis­co­ve­r­ed.

“The o­w­ner could not gi­ve a sa­tis­fac­to­ry ex­pla­na­ti­on as he had no kno­w­led­ge of how the i­tems we­re a­cqui­red, and did not ha­ve any p­roof of pur­cha­se.”

The sus­pect was ar­res­ted for pos­ses­si­on of sus­pected sto­len pro­per­ty.

The sta­ti­on com­man­der Co­lo­nel No­lan Mi­cha­els com­men­ded the mem­bers “for a ster­ling job do­ne”.

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