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Cape cops catch men with R25 000 worth of cricket gear

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Mystery surrounds the origin of a R25 000 haul of cricket equipment found in a trolley in Grassy Park, Cape Town.

Two men were spotted on Tuesday morning, pushing the trolley with a black bag inside, so the police decided to search them, Western Cape spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said on Wednesday.

“The two males could not give a reasonable explanation to where they got the stuff and they informed members that they were about to go and sell it at a second-hand dealer shop.”

One of them was arrested on charges of possession of stolen goods.

The stash included cricket bats, balls, pads, wickets, helmets, a few skipping ropes, and tennis balls.

Grassy Park CPF chairperson Philip Bam suspected the goods may have come from a store.

“Nobody has reported anything, but we appeal to people to come forward with information.”

He said it was common for criminals to use trolleys and wheelie rubbish bins to transport their stash to pawn shops.

“The problem is police just drive past them, without stopping and searching,” he said.

“Part of the problem is also pawn shops. It is quite obvious when you get a load like that, that it can’t be from someone who is coming to exchange something.”

He praised police for finding the goods.

[Source: News24]
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