The buyer of stolen goods is as guilty as the criminal who stole the goods

Buying stolen goods crime

Police warned locals to not buy stolen goods.

They said the buyer of stolen goods is as guilty as the criminal who stole the goods.

Mr Thomas Mogadime, Communication and Social Crime Prevention officer at Bethal SAPS, said the objectives of the Second-hand Goods Act are to regulate the business dealers in second-hand goods and pawnbrokers to combat trade in stolen goods and to promote ethical standards in the second-hand goods environment.

In essence, any person buying stolen goods is as guilty as the person who had originally stolen the goods and harsh sentences will apply to both the buyer and the thief.

The act empowers the police to arrest the buyer and the thief, so there is no excuse when it comes to crime.

An unscrupulous dealer who has been found guilty of failing to comply with the provisions of the act, may be sentenced to imprisonment of up to 10 years.

“The police urge all dealers in second-hand goods to report any suspicious transactions to the police when they suspect that the seller of goods is providing false information about it or where the goods are suspected to be stolen or tampered with.

“Second-hand goods dealers and pawnbrokers must not only take reasonable steps to ensure they do not buy stolen goods or goods that have been tampered with, but they must always be vigilant when they buy goods from someone.”

Report any crime or suspicious crime at 017 647 9929/30.

 

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Sifiso Mathebula
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