In a significant operation, six individuals were arrested for stolen property estimated to be worth R1 million. Executed precisely, the operation unfolded in the Birch Acres suburb of Kempton Park.
The officers targeted a residence suspected of being involved in the routine diesel theft. This suspicion led to the issuing of the search warrant.
Upon searching, the officers discovered a staggering 5,000 litres of stolen diesel and a cache of other stolen items. The confiscated items included three vehicles, 58 cellphones, three laptops, 80 bank cards, three batteries (one lithium and two Vodacom), 12 diesel containers, two air pistols, and two petrol pumps. The combined estimated value of the recovered items amounted to approximately R1 million.
The six suspects, aged 23 to 45, were promptly arrested and expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court to face charges related to possessing suspected stolen property.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, commended the police team for their exceptional work in making these arrests and recovering stolen property. He highlighted that this operation sends a clear message to criminal elements that their activities will not go unchecked. Mawela expressed his gratitude to the Norkem Park team for their dedication and commitment to maintaining law and order in the region.
It’s worth noting that among the suspects, three are employees of the depot from which the stolen diesel was regularly pilfered, further underscoring the significance of this operation in dismantling a criminal network involved in organised theft.
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