A 60-year-old male suspect believed to be a kingpin in connection with numerous stock theft incidents that were reportedly committed in the Vhembe District was arrested. He was apprehended on Thursday, 29 June in Botlokwa by the members of the Makhado Crime Intelligence Unit and Stock Theft Unit.

The arrest emanates after police received a complaint about seven stolen cattle. They were seen driven in a Toyota bakkie with a trailer alongside an unknown motor vehicle along Rathidile village.

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Police reacted swiftly and attempted to stop the vehicles. But the unknown motor vehicle managed to drive away while the Toyota bakkie was cornered. The one male suspect was nabbed on the spot.

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Subsequently, the suspect whose age is still to be determined volunteered to lead the police to the whereabouts of the kingpin who is staying at Botlokwa. This resulted in an intelligence-driven operation conducted jointly with the Makhado Stock-Theft Unit.

The 60-year-old male suspect was subsequently found and arrested in Mokomene, Vuka Section.

The suspect is expected to appear before Morebeng Magistrates Court soon on charges of suspected stolen livestock.