Diesel theft suspect arrested by off duty police officer

STERKSTROOM – A 35-year-old male suspect was arrested on 22 May 2022 after an off duty police member followed up on information from Sterkstroom about a Fraud case which occurred at Sterkstroom Garage where a Toyota bakkie filled up diesel into a container for R5000 and paid with a fraudulent petrol card.

A follow up was made by Queenstown Crime Intelligence Unit members and managed to establish that the suspect is on its way to East London. This information was relayed to an off duty member of East London POPS.

He managed to stop the bakkie with the assistance from the Security member however, the suspect managed to evade arrest. Within a short period of time, members followed up on leads and managed to arrest him.

A bakkie was searched and eight stolen fuel cards were recovered inside the bakkie. When the bakkie was circulated, it was discovered that it was reported stolen as per Mountain Rise Case.

The suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen property (petrol cards).

The suspect will appear before court in Sterkstroom on Monday, 23 May 2022, for theft of diesel.

Source: South African Police Service