Chrome syndicates busted

Trucks on the Burgersfort / Lydenburg road.

LYDENBURG – Seven suspects aged between 26 and 49 were arrested in connection with theft of chrome.

Their arrest comes after a transport company requested a private security company to trace their company’s truck which had deviated from its intended route. The tracking system located the truck to be around Lydenburg.

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According to information at the police’s disposal, the truck carrying chrome from Steelpoort was heading to Mozambique but instead of driving on towards Lydenburg it drove to Ohrigstad direction and proceeded to a certain farm.

According to a police statement, a deal was apparently struck between the driver and some of the suspects to sell them the chrome at a tune of R70 000, hence the delivery at the identified farm.

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Mpumalanga News learnt that after truck driver had offloaded the chrome turned back to Lydenburg where he was stopped by the security company.

He attempted to flee after alighting from the truck with the money bag, but was arrested. Police were also called to the scene and they took him back to the farm where another truck with two occupants were found waiting for a loader to load chrome.

Police closed Burgersfort roads on earlier occasions.

The two were also arrested and further investigations led to the arrest of four others including two who are believed to be the masterminds of the crime. They were found in possession of R30 000 cash, unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

All seven suspects were charged with the theft of chrome. Two of them face additional charges for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition

. Police investigations still continue.

Thobile Mlangeni

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