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8 suspects arrested for purchasing of stolen goods, Hartswater and Jan Kempdorp

The Northern Cape Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Provincial Detectives, the Frances Baard District Detectives and Hartswater Crime Intelligence Unit terminated two different clandestine operations in Jan Kempdorp and Hartswater area during the early hours of 30 March 2023.

The operations dubbed “Profit” and “Phunya” respectively focused on suspects allegedly purchasing stolen property. Numerous undercover agents were involved in business transactions with the eight suspects over an extended period.

On Thursday, 30 March 2023 at approximately 04:00 the Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection, Maj Gen Mmantsheke Lekhele, led the collective team including the Frances Baard District Commissioner, Maj Gen Johan Bean with the Provincial Head for Organised Crime Investigations, Brig Johan Myburgh and members from other units and components.

The senior managers were in the forefront of the operations that netted eight suspects (6 males and 2 females).

The 6 male and 2 female suspects were arrested in Jan Kempdorp, Hartswater and Kimberley with the assistance of Kimberley Public Order Policing Unit, K9 Unit and members from the SAPS Legal Services.

Police confiscated an array of exhibits including generators, grinders, electrical drills, pellet gun, flat screen TVs, a bicycle, meat saws, blowers and tyres with an approximate value of R 85 000-00.

The suspects are aged between 27 and 73 and will be appearing in the Hartswater and Jan Kempdorp Magistrates Courts for dealing in stolen property and theft soon.

Maj Gen Lekhele commended the members for a well-executed operation and also thanked the community for their assistance in this regard. Purchasing of stolen goods is a serious offence and police will ensure that markets for these activities are shut down, during the coming Easter weekend and beyond, said Gen Lekhele.

SAPS Newsroom

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