Eleven cows worth R68 000 were recently recovered and a 21-year-old male arrested following a crime intelligence driven operation.
A farmer realised that his eleven cows were stolen from a kraal near his home at Morago Trust, Thaba Nchu, on 11 June 2020. The farmer immediately alerted his neigbours and police were summoned to the scene.
According to police spokesperson, Thandi Mbambo, reliable informers were tasked to be on the look-out for the stolen stock and on Friday 12 June 2020 stock theft members received a tip-off from reliable sources.
“Members acted swiftly upon receiving information and managed to trace all cows, valued at about R 68 000, about 40 kilometres from where they were stolen. They were found behind a mountain near Phalafala Trust and police managed to trace a suspect on Saturday 20 June 2020,” said Mbambo.
She said the police appeals to community members to refrain from taking the law into their own hands and allow authorities to deal with culprits. Detective-Warrant Officer Sehloho Molefe from Park Road Stock Theft and Endangered Species was assigned to the case.
The suspect, who is still in police custody, was traced by members of the police on 20 June 2020. A case of stock theft was opened for investigation. Stock owners are further requested to brand mark their stock according to their brand marks.