Police nab three for burglary at Office of the Chief Justice

Police nab three for burglary at Office of the Chief Justice

Three men have been arrested in Mamelodi for the burglary at the Office of the Chief Justice at the weekend.

Khomotso Phahlane Briefing_jacanews
Photo: Maryke Vermaak

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phalane told the media the media that the three men were arrested over the last few days.

"The multi-disciplinary team followed leads and information which resulted in operations being conducted on identifying addresses in Mamelodi in search of the stolen equipment and the perpetrators of this crime."

The break-in took place a day after the Constitutional Court judgement on the social grant debacle. 

Thieves fled with 15 computers from the Chief Justice's Human Resources department.

"During a search of the identified premises, three men were arrested linked to the break-in at the offices of the Chief Justice to enable further investigation into the matter. Various items, including unlicensed firearms and fake identity documents were seized during the operations," said Phahlane.

Phahlane said a car, which was possibly used as a getaway car during the crime, has also been seized.

"Further interviewing of those who were arrested revealed the identity of a person with critical information required to solve the crime and the recovery of the stolen IT equipment," said Phahlane.

Phahlane on the person to come forward.

"The South African Police Service is calling upon Mr Nkosinathi Msimango, who was in the vicinity of Mamelodi on the day of the arrests and who has valuable information and insight into the commission of this crime, to approach the investigating officer and/or report to the nearest police station to assist in this matter," said Phahlane.

Phahlane said the three suspects are expected to appear in court in Mamelodi today.

"They will face charges relating to other crimes they were possibly linked to pending further investigation on this matter," said Phahlane.

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