KNYSNA NEWS - The continued efforts by the police to reduce the market for stolen property in the Southern Cape has resulted in the recovery of stolen items worth R18 000 and the arrest of three men last weekend.
According to Knysna police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies, members attached to their Knysna team received a complaint regarding the sale of power tools on Sunday evening 8 December at a house in Mpangela Street, Qolweni near White Location, where a suspect had allegedly attempted to sell a chainsaw to the complainant.
He said they immediately responded to the information and found the chainsaw at the house.
"Further investigation into this discovery led the police to two other suspects at another house… Upon searching the premises they found two Stihl chainsaws hidden. The police seized these items and arrested three suspects aged between 28 and 29," said Spies.
The three men are facing charges of possession of stolen property and theft. These items were all positively linked to a business at nearby Concordia from where these items had recently been stolen. Additional charges could be added as the investigation unfolds, Spies said.
The suspects were due to appear in court later this week.
In an unrelated incident, the police warned the public to refrain from fabricating cases following the arrest of a 29-year-old suspect for perjury after he submitted a false statement under oath. He alleged that two suspects hijacked him on 30 November 2019 in Knysna. He claimed he was taken into a bush where they left the vehicle.
Spies said investigation revealed that the suspect had allegedly damaged a company vehicle and tried to cover his tracks this way. He was later arrested and appeared in the Knysna Magistrates'Court on Tuesday 3 December . This case was postponed to 20 January 2020 for further investigation.
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