Ram-raid rustlers bust on N1

2012-08-04 23:20

VENTERSBURG - A tight-knit gang of three rustlers hustling doggedly down the N1 near here have been pulled over with a small herd sheep corralled in their bakkie.

Two of the eight animals were already dead.

The gang was legging it after a pre-dawn raid on a farm near Kroonstad in the Free State but were arrested after a police grilling earned only a woolly explanation of why they were carrying the makings of a monster braai.


A police spokesman said: "The driver and his passengers were asked about the sheep but could not give a proper account of their ownership."

The bakkie was confiscated and, by hook or by crook, the busted rustlers will appear before a Ventersburg magistrate on Monday – assuming they don’t manage to leg it again.

A farmer, who didn’t want to be named, said later in the day: "This time, the police were right on the mutton."