FS suspect arrested for possession of stolen livestock

The bakkie with the 27 stolen sheep.

A 27-year-old suspect has been arrested by members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in Ventersburg after being found with stolen sheep in his possession.

The suspect was arrested on 27 June 2021 when an officer on duty saw a suspicious looking bakkie with a trailer loaded with sheep. The on-duty officer requested assistance and Captain Francois Odendaal responded, accompanied by two additional members, and arrived on the scene. Upon investigation it was found that the details on the transportation certificate were incomplete. According police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, a preliminary investigation was conducted and it was determined that the removal certificate was fictitious.

“Three suspected males, a 43 and 35-year-old resident of Meqheleng, Ficksburg together with a 39-year-old from Everton West, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen livestock,” said Makhele.

Police members confiscated 27 sheep with monetary value of about R67 500 as well as a bakkie and trailer.

According to Makhele, the case was handed over to Odendaalsrus Stock Theft and Endagered Species (STEST) for further investigation.

Sgt Mojalefa Mota, who was assigned to the case, established that the sheep were stolen at a farm in Ficksburg. “He suggested that according to the livestock farmer, the stolen sheep were 100 in number. The 27 recovered sheep were issued to the farmer after identifying them as belonging to him,” said Makhele.

Any person who might have information about the other outstanding sheep should please contact Sergeant Mota at 078 044 7011, or call Crime Stop at 08600 10111, alternatively send information via MySAPS App.

The three suspects will appear at the Ventersburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, June 29.

Compiled by Pierce van Heerden