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Cash-in-transit guards slapped with nine years for stealing R2.8m

The Star logo The Star 2019-05-15 Lerato Selepe
a truck driving down a street: Two former Fidelity Security guards who stole R2.8-million have been slapped with nine years each. File Picture: Phil Magakoe © Provided by Independent Media Two former Fidelity Security guards who stole R2.8-million have been slapped with nine years each. File Picture: Phil Magakoe

Limpopo - Two former security guards who stole R2.8-million in a month by pocketing monies they were sent to collect from various businesses will be spending the next nine years in prison.

Tinyiko Thomas Maluleke, 41 and Rofhiwa Emmanuel Luvhimbi, 31,  conspired and stole almost the millions between between December 2018 and January 2019.

They worked for Fidelity Security.

On Monday, the Makhado Magistrate’s Court sentenced the pair to nine years direct imprisonment for the theft.

Limpopo Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said the guards had collected money from various places but instead of making deposits, they pocketed it.

He added that the incident was reported by the guards’ manager after they failed to account for the missing money.

“An operation comprising the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime intelligence, the Makhado Task Team and the Thohoyandou Tactical Response Team was tasked to investigate the matter,” he said.

The two guards were the arrested separately in January and police recovered about R2.7 million in hidden at their places.

“The investigation team searched three different locations through an overnight operation and found banknotes buried in the convict’s yards, some of it stashed in ice-cream containers and refuse bags while underground,” Maluleke said.

“One of the suspects had already bought a double cab vehicle and building materials which were later confiscated by the investigating team,” he added.

During the trial, the guards pleaded guilty to a charge of theft and were on Monday sentenced to nine years direct imprisonment.

Maluleke said the men were not given an option of fine.

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