Stolen school items found after tip-off

The recovered stolen property of Tikwana Comprehensive school. Photo supplied

Thanks to a community tip-off police in Hoopstad recovered stolen items after R100 000’s worth of equipment was allegedly stolen from a local high school. A burglary took place at Tikwana Comprehensive School last week when goods including power tools, wire and cable were stolen.

Police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, stated that the tireless work of both Hoopstad and Welkom police officers resulted in the arrest of two suspects two days after the incident. “Police Detective Constable Trinity Ndlovu received a tip-off and followed up information that led to a certain house in Tikwana Township where they recovered most of stolen items. The two suspects, both aged 24, were arrested for possession of suspected stolen items and burglary,” stated Thakeng.

This comes after community members raised concern over a string of similar incidents taking place in Tikwana. “There has been a spate of robberies and burglaries taking place in our schools recently, so we regard this arrest and seizure of school property as a major breakthrough,” said Major General Lerato Molale, Cluster Commander of Welkom.

The commander thanked community members for sharing valuable information in order to make the necessary arrests. “We appreciate information from Tikwana residents and members who ensured that they respond quickly to the call made by the station commander,” added Molale.

The suspects will be in court on 8 February 2019 for their bail application. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele