Swift police action to stock theft case yields success

KROONSTAD - SAPS members were applauded for their swift response after a case of stolen horses from a farm was reported today.

The complainant reported that she has locked her two Arabian-mare horses safely in their stable at her farm on Tuesday, 26 July 2022 at about 17h00. On Wednesday, 27 July 2022 at 08h00, she went to check on her horses and found them missing. Kroonstad police were called and a case was opened.

Maokeng Social Crime Prevention members working together with Kroonstad SAPS swiftly rushed to a nearby abandoned farm not far from the complainant’s farm where two males, aged 20 and 22 were found.

Further questioning led members to the bushes at an industrial area where the two horses were hidden.

Both Arabian-mare horses, valued over R80, 000 were recovered.

Both suspects were arrested and will face charges of stock theft and possession of suspected stolen property. They will appear before the Kroonstad Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 28 July 2022.

The Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General BB Motswenyane lauded the members for their swift response.

"Swift police response is crucial when serving our communities. Members of the community are relying on us and the members' vigilance has indeed produced great results," concluded Lieutenant General Motswenyane.

Source: South African Police Service