In a significant breakthrough, the Mpumalanga police have apprehended three individuals caught red-handed while transporting a stolen railway track worth a staggering R3 million. The arrest was made by the provincial Anti-Gang Unit and Middleburg highway patrol, who intercepted a suspicious truck on the N4 in Middleburg, Mpumalanga.
The three men, aged between 41 and 51, were immediately taken into custody for possession of stolen goods. The stolen railway track had been reported missing in Barberton just last month, prompting an intensive investigation by the authorities.
Thanks to the valuable information gathered during the probe, law enforcement officials were able to thwart the transportation of the stolen infrastructure to an unknown destination. The truck, along with the stolen goods and other items, was confiscated for further investigation.
Mohlala, the spokesperson for the Mpumalanga police, stated, “The trio has been charged with possessing suspected stolen property.” In addition, it was discovered that two of the men did not possess valid documentation, resulting in additional charges of contravening the Immigration Act.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Middleburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where they will face the consequences of their alleged crimes.