Security Systems guards caught 'stealing' fuel

Security Systems guards PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Security Systems guards PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

FRANCISTOWN: Three on-duty Security Systems guards are in police custody after they were allegedly caught red-handed stealing fuel. This shocking revelation of security personnel caught in the act goes against the ethos of strengthening the security of the workplace by keeping property and valuables safe.

Security Systems, a well-known security brand, has become popular on social media platforms through its official Facebook page by posting successful apprehension of criminals. In an interview with this publication, Kazungula Police station commander, Phetogo Philimon said the trio aged between 25 and 36 years, was caught red-handed by police patrolling in their policing area. He said the guards were caught on April 22 at their stationed line of duty at the China Civil Construction site.

The China Civil Construction Company is engaged in the locality to build a primary school in Kazungula whereas Security Systems is hired to guard and patrol the premises both at night and during the day for safekeeping of the construction site and equipment. Philimon said that during their patrol at around 4am, the police saw a uniformed security guard. In an attempt to stop him for questioning, the patrol officers noticed the guard was holding a container, which raised their suspicion.

The guard ran away. Philimon added that the police pursued him until they reached the construction site. He said: “Upon arrival at the site, the police on duty found two other security guards [allegedly] stealing petrol. The trio, all stationed at the site, was caught with a 25-litre diesel-filled container together with five kilogrammes of binding wire.” Philimon said surprisingly, the same security guards were supposed to be guarding the premises at the time. He stated that when the police questioned the three suspects, they disclosed that they were going to use the fuel and wire for personal reasons. The market value for the stolen goods is around P475.

Philemon said the trio is still in police custody and will appear in court next week. He urged businesspeople and the community to be vigilant at all times and make sure they look after their property. Meanwhile, the station commander said 13 accomplices linked to 27 break-ins in their policing area are still at large. He said the alleged thieves are believed to have fled to Zimbabwe with stolen electronic goods valued at P85,000. Following the arrest of one of the suspects, the police managed to recover at least P6,850 worth of the stolen goods.

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