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2023/07/19      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 18 July 2023- The Police in Standerton has ensured that four mischievous parolees are back in custody after being nabbed with items suspected to have been stolen during a housebreaking that was committed in one of the shops in Standerton on Saturday, night 15 July 2023.

The Standerton Police in partnership with other stakeholders launched a massive search for the perpetrators and their hardwork paid off as information led them to a certain house where the four suspects aged between 32 and 36 were found with suspected stolen items as well as loose dagga. During further investigation, it transpired that the suspects were released on parole last month (June 2023).

Given the spate of burglary cases reported in the Standerton area, the investigators cannot rule out possibilities that these suspects could have been involved. The probe will not only be limited to house breakings but also to check whether the arrested parolees were not implicated in other offences. The suspects are expected to appear in the Standerton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 19 July 2023 facing the charges related to house breakings and theft as well as possession of suspected stolen properties.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest and the General commended the positive partnership displayed between the Police and other stakeholders in Standerton. "We are working closely with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services so that mischievous parolees are arrested and returned to Correctional facilities whenever they violate their conditions. We have also discovered that some parolees they are out then they have got a ticket to commit crime. That situation can never be allowed and we will not hesitate to deal with such offenders," warned the General.