SAPS nab suspect for stock theft

[Photo sourced] The owner was requested to come to the sale yard and identify the cattle which was recovered, and asked to supply police with the legal branding certificates aswel

Utrecht SAPS arrested a 25-year-old suspect for attempting to sell suspected stolen live stock at a Utrecht Yard Sale on January, 23.

According to Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Captain Jabulani Ncube, Utrecht Station Commander, Lt Colonel Khanyile together with Captain Nkosi, arrested the suspect after they had received a tip-off informing them of cattle which were reportedly being sold at an Utrecht Stock Sale Yard.

“The potential buyer found the seller to be suspicious and wanted to confirm the brand marks on the cattle.”

Captain Nkosi proceeded to check the branding through the SAPS branding system, and discovered the cattle actually belonged to a farmer from Groenvlei near Utrecht.

“The rightful owner was contacted, and requested to account for all her cattle. She then informed police that four cows and two calves were missing.”

When questioned why the matter had not been reported to local authorities, the owner answered that she was still checking through other camps before filing an official police report.

“The owner was requested to come to the sale yard and identify the cattle which was recovered, and asked to supply police with the legal branding certificates aswell.”

Together with her cattle herder, the owner managed to identify five of the cattle.

However, there was still one missing.

The suspect then confirmed one of the cows had ran away into nearby bushes after he failed to control it.

He then admitted that he had stolen the cattle from the complainants cattle grazing camp before attempting to sell them at the Yard Sale.

“Captain Nkosi read him his Constitutional Rights before arresting the suspect.

The stolen Stock was also handed back over to their rightful owner.”

The suspect will appear in the Utrech magistrate’s Court soon.

The complainant thanked police for their hard work, and for discovering her cattle even before she had reported them missing.

Furthermore, Captain Nkosi emphasised the importance of branding ones live stock as it made it easier for police to track down the owners in cases where stolen cattle and other live-stock were recovered.

  AUTHOR
Zianne Leibrandt

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