A comprehensive internal investigation has been initiated within the police force following the alarming theft of firearms from the Petrusville police station in the Northern Cape. The incident, which transpired on Monday, resulted in the apprehension of three suspects now facing charges related to the possession of stolen firearms.
The trio is slated to make court appearances in Senekal, Petrusville, and Marquand in the Northern Cape today. The stolen arsenal includes a significant R5 police gun and three smaller firearms, among them a Z88, accompanied by 27 bullets.
Lieutenant Colonel Tebogo Thebe, the spokesperson for the Northern Cape police, disclosed that the internal investigation seeks to uncover the circumstances that led to the security breach. “The investigation we are conducting within the police force is ongoing to determine the causes of such negligence,” stated Thebe.
After reports surfaced that firearms had gone missing, law enforcement launched a search for the suspects. The breakthrough came with information leading to the apprehension of the culprits. The suspects were detained in various locations, with two arrested along the R70 road between Senekal and Rosendal. In this area, authorities recovered the R5 rifle and 27 bullets.
Thebe outlined that additional leads guided them to Marquand, where another suspect was arrested, and two guns, including a police Z88, were seized. Astonishingly, it was revealed that one of the suspects was a police officer who detected a peculiar odor while preparing work-related calculations and reports before commencing duty.
The comprehensive internal investigation underscores the police force’s commitment to addressing the security lapse and ensuring accountability. The ongoing probe aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the theft and to implement corrective measures to prevent such incidents in the future.