WESTERN CAPE Relentless efforts to prevent, investigate and combat various crimes in the province produced good results. Members of Public Order Police were driving back from Beaufort West on their way to Cape Town On Sunday, 08 December 2019, after the deployment for an operation between three provinces as part of the safer festive season programme. The members acted upon information received about a truck that was involved in an accident towards Leeu Gamka in the direction of Cape Town.
The alert members drove straight to the accident scene and upon arrival they saw a group of people who had cut the canvas of the truck and were offloading goods which turned out to be dog food and other animal food products onto vehicles. The perpetrators fled the scene immediately when they spotted police vehicles approaching the scene. Public Order Police Members (POPS) immediately set up a vehicle checkpoint 10km after Leeu Gamka in the direction of Beaufort West.
Upon conducting a further investigation the vigilant members stopped eight vehicles, a further search was conducted. Dog food and other animal food products estimated to be worth R120 000 were confiscated.
A total number of 30 suspects between the ages of 18 and 30 were arrested and they are expected to make a court appearance soon on charges theft and possession of presumed stolen property.
Source: South African Police Service