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Three of four thugs who stole 185 laptops in Limpopo. Picture: IOL

Four thugs steal 185 laptops in Limpopo department’s offices

Polokwane – Four armed thugs stole about 185 laptops from the Limpopo Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in Polokwane.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, said two security guards were reportedly on duty at the department’s offices in Polokwane were attacked by the four armed thugs.

Mojapelo said the security officers were tied up and locked in the room whilst the suspects proceeded to take the laptops worth R4 million, and left in a Toyota bakkie – no shots were fired.

“The suspects allegedly tied them up and locked them in one of the rooms, before proceeding to the offices of the director. Using trolleys, the suspects allegedly loaded 185 laptops valued at over R4 million from the office and later fled from the scene using a dark Toyota bakkie. No shots were fired,” he said.

Agriculture and Land Reform Minister Thoko Didiza, in a statement, said she was “appalled at the thuggery”.

“The incident has been reported to the law enforcement agencies, who are working tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to book,” her department said – reported News24.

Sowetan reported that the police have launched a manhunt for the suspects who stole the government’s laptops on Tuesday.

“The police in Limpopo have launched a manhunt for a group of armed suspects who stole R4m worth of government laptops on Tuesday.”

“It is believed that the laptops were to be configured before being given to employees so they could work from home in light of the Covid-19 pandemic,” IOL reported.

The police in the province urges everyone with information that might lead to the arrests of the four suspects, to contact Sergeant Maphutha Ngoepe on 082 685 9507 or Colonel Linkie Mathebula on 064 756 8218, or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.