Port Elizabeth- During the early morning hours this morning, three suspects were found in possession of suspected stolen stock in Kinkelbos.
14 sheep carcasses were found in a Nissaan vehicle near the Kinkelbos police station which were suspected to have been stolen near the Cookhouse area. The skinned and headless sheep were found in the vehicle but when the suspects were questioned about the sheep, their explanation thereof was not sufficient to the alert police members.
The suspects aged 29, 33 and 39 were then arrested and charged for the possession of suspected stolen property, and the vehicle and carcasses confiscated.
SAPS Spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said that stock theft is one of the crimes that the SAPS have placed on focus because of the increased incidences of stock theft.
“Stock theft is one of the crimes that SAPS placed focus on due to regular incidents in the Eastern Cape. The Motherwell Cluster Stations, including Paterson, Kinkelbos and Swartkops have intensified, stopping and searching delivery vehicles moving on major roads through the area during late nights and early mornings in an attempt to clamp down on the transporting of stolen stock and meats.
Captain Beetge further alluded that The SAPS Stock Theft Unit will investigate the case and any person with information that might assist SAPS with this investigation, especially farmers that are having missing sheep stock, can contact the investigating officer, Captain Gary du Randt.
The three suspects will be appearing in the Alexandria Magistrates Court on 28th of September 2017.