Tongaat SAPS arrested two women, aged 56 and 26, for being in possession of stolen property, recently.
It is alleged that Tongaat SAPS detectives, Cpt VJ Yaka and W/O SG Naidoo were investigating a case of robbery that occurred in Tongaat area.
The detectives were interviewing a robbery suspect in connection with cellphones that were stolen from the victims of robbery.
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The suspect opted to point out the people to whom he sold the cellphones to.
He led the police detectives to a certain house in Hambanathi area where two women were found in possession of stolen goods which were taken from the victims of the robbery by the suspect.
They confirmed that both of them bought the cellphones from the suspect.
They were then arrested by detectives and detained at Tongaat SAPS. Both women appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court.
Cpt Patrick Zithulele Ngwane, communications officer of Tongaat SAPS, said, “We are appealing to our community to say no to stolen goods and close the market for stolen goods. Purchasing goods obtained in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions. It is a crime and is punishable by law to be in possession of stolen goods.”
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Station commander, Col Santha Moodley, has called on law-abiding citizens to stop buying stolen goods.
“When you buy stolen goods, you participate in a cycle of crime that leaves thousands of people physically injured or emotionally scarred,” she said.
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