A North West police officer and his “accomplices” were arrested for corruption and engine block theft.
The provincial anti-corruption investigation unit apprehended the 38-year-old sergeant and two accused. Letlhabile locals apprehended two men carrying an engine block in the early hours of Wednesday, according to provincial police spokeswoman Brig Sabata Mokgwabone.
“The suspects were handed over to the police. While waiting to be transported to a nearby detention facility, the pair, who were handcuffed to each other, allegedly overpowered and assaulted a police officer in the community service centre before escaping,” said Mokgwabone.
“Subsequent to mobilisation of resources, the suspects were rearrested a few hours later in Letlhabile. The other suspect was arrested for aiding the escapees after it was discovered that he allegedly removed the duo’s handcuffs during their escape. A charge of malicious damage to property is also under investigation.”
Mokgwabone stated that additional investigations led to the officer’s arrest after it was discovered that he reportedly collaborated with the suspects to steal the engine block from an exhibit store.
“The duo was charged for possession of suspected stolen property, escape from lawful custody, assault common, malicious damage to property and theft from a motor vehicle, while the police officer was charged for theft from a motor vehicle and corruption,” said Mokgwabone.
They will appear in the Brits magistrate’s court on Monday.