- Two cops have found themselves on the wrong side of the same law they are meant to uphold
- The pair were arrested after holding up a small shop in Kimberley to steal cigarettes and cash
- One officer was still in his uniform when the crime was committed with the help of a member of the community
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The South African Police Service has released a statement confirming that two cops have been arrested after robbing a small store in the Northern Cape.
The pair were allegedly after cigarettes, a hot commodity amid the current ban, with an officer perpetrating the crime whilst still in uniform.
“Two police officers from Roodepan police station – in the company of their civilian accomplice – stormed a local tuckshop in Kimberley and robbed the owner of an undisclosed amount of cash; 25 cartons of cigarettes were also robbed. It is alleged one of the police officers was wearing police uniform during the robbery.”
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The dodgy cops, along with their accomplice, were nabbed shortly after the incident according to the statement.
“The three suspects were arrested on Sunday by members of the Trio Task Team assisted by Public Order Police, Search and Rescue, SAPS Roodepan and SANDF. The two police officers were arrested at their place of work and their accomplice was arrested at his residence in Roodepan.”
The trio will be facing charges of business robbery and are expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate's Court.
The cash and cigarettes stolen have since been recovered and confiscated by the actual authorities.
"The Provincial Commissioner reiterated that officers involved in crime will not be spared the full might of the law, saying that he would ensure “rotten police officers are exposed and sent to jail where they belong.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the majority of citizens disapproved of the current Level 4 restrictions pertaining to the sale of cigarettes, with many expressing the view that it encouraged black market sales.
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