Alleged animal thieves throw livestock out of taxi in high-speed chase with cops

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Two separate incidents of animal theft occurred in Pietermaritzburg yesterday with one case resulting in suspects throwing livestock out of a moving taxi.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said police officers from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit were conducting operations in Pietermaritzburg yesterday when they received information about a Toyota Quantum travelling in Karkloof with stolen livestock.

“With the assistance of other law enforcement agencies, the said vehicle was pursued. During the chase, the suspects proceeded on a gravel road towards New Hanover. In an attempt to evade police, the suspects threw livestock out of the moving taxi,” Gwala explained.

He said the vehicle crashed near farm hostels and the suspects then fled the scene on foot.

“Police impounded a taxi with false registration plates for further investigations. Investigations on the scene revealed that the livestock were stolen in the Rietvlei area,” Gwala added.

A charge of animal cruelty will be pursued and police are still searching for the suspects.

Then in another incident at midday yesterday, Gwala said the Himeville Stock Theft Unit were assisted by the Pietermaritzburg Stock Theft Unit to recover 35 suspected stolen goats in Pata.