KAROO NEWS - Two suspects who were caught red-handed with four live stolen sheep in their car's boot, made their first court appearance on Monday 21 October.
Roger Karelse (35) and his uncle, Errol Karelse (52), were caught on the N9 just before Aberdeen on Sunday 20 October, after patrolling policemen saw their old Mercedes Benz parked next to the road.
According to Provinvial Spokesperson, Capt Khaya Tonjeni, the police officers confronted the suspects, who claimed that they had run out of petrol. However, the officer heard a knocking sound from the boot, after which they found the hidden animals.
The sheep were returned to Arno de Jager of Aberdeen, after he identified the animals as his. De Jager said the farm is next to the road. "We are very vulnerable for stock theft, with cars just stopping next to the road and stealing our sheep," he added. According to De Jager, they now have to move their stock to higher positioned grazing areas, away from the road. He said its worrying, because the festive season is nearby and that is the time the thieves strike most.
The bail hearing for the suspects will start today (29 October), after they were charged with stock theft.
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