Three arrested after stealing 70 sheep

Three men were caught in Mmakau after they allegedly stole 70 sheep from a farmer in De Wildt on Sunday.

The three men, Aaron Mutewa (34), Lephias Mahlenge (43) and David Simango (47) were traced to Mmakau near De Wildt and arrested just hours after the theft.

According to police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde, the sheep were stolen around 01:00 on Sunday after the thieves cut a fence and gate to gain entry to the sheep kraal. The farmer alerted the local community policing forum and during a search sheep carcasses and tied-up sheep were found when members followed a blood spoor to the N4.”

Shortly afterwards, the police received information from community members in Mmakau about people in possession of meat at a local tuckshop in the area. “Upon arrival police found one suspect with a washing basin and bucket full of meat. Two other men attempted to flee but with the assistance of the community, they were caught and arrested. Sheepskin and a sheep head were also found.”

Only 14 sheep were found alive and another four were found dead. The police are requesting anyone with information that might lead to the outstanding sheep to contact Detective Sergeant Elias Hlaletoa of the police’s Stock Theft Unit on:079 881 9950.

The three thieves appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Monday and were remanded in custody until the next court appearance on Tuesday, 9 March.