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Tattooed mutton gives away theft suspects

sheep’Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — Two Mohale’s Hoek men aged between 19 and 21 were arrested for allegedly stealing a sheep in South Africa.

The suspects were caught cooking the mutton but could not explain where they got it.

Police spokesperson Thato Ramarikhoane confirmed the incident.

“We received a tip-off that the suspects stole a sheep in Zastron South Africa from a Farm owned by a 58-year-old man. When police arrived at their place they found the men cooking the mutton. When they were asked where they got the meat from, they could not explain,” Ramarikhoane said.

The tattoos on the sheep assisted investigators to identify the stolen animal.

The suspects will soon appear in court.

In a separate incident, three men from Libobeng in Qacha’s Nek were killed during an exchange of fire with the police.

According to police report the suspects were wanted for allegedly stealing 300 sheep from other villagers.

“Police launched an interregional operation to search for stolen stock. When police arrived at their place they tried to resist arrest by shooting at the police and they retaliated in self defence,” he said.

“The penal code clearly states that if armed suspects resist lawful arrest police should protect themselves. The case could be treated as justifiable homicide,” added.

Meanwhile, four male South Africans are in police custody helping police with investigations on Post Bank and Post Office robbery in Nazareth.

According to a police report the men are suspected to have been involved in a robbery that took place on Friday last week.

The suspects were armed with an iron rod and a firearm during the robbery.

“It was reported that the suspects stole M77 000 in the Post Bank and M7 000 from the Post Office,” he said.

The suspects also took a 0.38 special firearm and a mobile phone from the security guard.


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