Cop and security guard held for Western Cape bottle store burglary

A police officer and a security guard in Caledon have been arrested in connection with a bottle store burglary in the Overberg town.
A police officer and a security guard in Caledon have been arrested in connection with a bottle store burglary in the Overberg town.
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A security guard who was the first person on the scene of a liquor store burglary in the Western Cape has emerged as one of the suspects.

A police officer has also been arrested, and is expected to appear in the Caledon magistrate's court on Wednesday alongside the guard.

Four other suspects appeared in court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody until April 28.

Western Cape police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa said the burglary took place early on Sunday at a bottle store in Hoop Street, Caledon.

Police recovered stolen liquor after arresting the first four suspects, and their investigation led them to a house where they found more stolen liquor and arrested the 20-year-old guard.

“Subsequent to the arrest of the security guard, a 36-year-old police official from Caledon was also arrested for theft and defeating the ends of justice,” said Potelwa.

“Police in the Western Cape undertake to deal with all individuals who commit crime. Police officials who involve themselves in unbecoming conduct will not be spared.”

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