Stolen crocodile lands NW trio in court

Stolen crocodile lands NW trio in court

Three men are expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday after they were found in possession of a stolen crocodile.

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The animal was apparently stolen from a crocodile farm in Hartebeesfontein. 

The police’s Adele Myburgh says the trio, who were arrested on Thursday, are facing charges linked to the contravention of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act. 

“The accused's court appearance emanates from their apprehension on Thursday afternoon after Stilfontein Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit members received information that a Nile crocodile was stolen from a crocodile farm in Hartebeesfontein.

“Immediate follow-up in conjunction with nature conservation officials led the team to an abandoned farmhouse where a 2,5m long Nile crocodile valued at R25 000 was discovered hidden under tree branches. Police also seized a vehicle that was used in the commission of the crime.”

Myburgh says the crocodile has been returned to its rightful owner.


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