Police found 'very fat sheep with ear tag' underneath the bed in Rietfontein squatter camp
Monday 27 September 2010 By Cynthia Dreyer Madibeng Pulse - Hartbeespoort police followed the aroma to a sheep braai and found two men sitting in front of a shack with a lamb on the spit on the fire and beers in hand.
While two men sat in front of their braai in Ten Rooms squatter camp at the weekend relishing newly roasted lamb, police investigated inside their shack only to find another sheep, this time live and “very fat” kept under the bed!
One wonders how long the sheep would have had to stay there, hidden from prying eyes and no doubt hungry mouths had it not been for the police! Even if the sheep was hidden, there’s no way the thieves could have disguised the smell of deliciously roasting meat wafting in the air from neighbours or the police. The sheep had a yellow tag on its ear, and police are hoping that the owner will come forward and claim the animal. Police had to ride around with the sheep in a police vehicle until they could take it to the Hartbeespoort Animal Welfare and from there it was taken to Makalani.
The operation which took place from about 03:00 on Friday morning by 55 members of staff using 15 vehicles and a helicopter netted 29 suspects. Ten Rooms informal settlement was targeted and then Marius camp. Of those arrested, 19 were illegal immigrants, three were selling liquor at shebeens, four were in possession of possible stolen goods and two were arrested for common robbery. Mr Romano van der Spuy, vice Chairman of the Hartbeespoort Community Policing Forum told MadibengPulse that when police arrived at Marius, it was already light and some of the illegals ran away from the helicopter, but were captured by police. Many illegal minors were taken to the police station but released without being charged. Police were also able to gain entry to a Rietfontein plot with a search warrant where stolen goods are suspected of being stored. They recovered laptops and computers and made arrests.
Questions about pistol after alleged suicide of Malawi worker
At the Rock Shelter on the Hartbeeshoek Road in Skeerpoort, a Malawian employee was found to have shot himself with a 9mm pistol. The gun belongs to the owner of the property and was apparently left in the kitchen while he was away. An inquest docket has been opened regarding the deceased as well as a case of negligent storing of a firearm against the owner.
Thief gets the shock of his life!
A man was rendered unconscious and shocked after he attempted to steal a transformer in Rietfontein during the early hours of Saturday morning. He landed up in hospital but is currently being detained.