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FREE STATE – Three suspects aged between 37 and 39 have been arrested for alleged theft of diesel and tampering or destroy of essential infrastructure.

On Friday an employee of Transnet was sent to Verkykerskop to investigate the possible tampering of a valve. On his arrival he established that the block cover was damaged and the there was plenty of diesel spillage at the scene.

He noticed that there were tyre tracks at the gate and immediately went to the local Verkykerskop SAPS to open a case. Later in the day the SAPS stopped a truck which was being escorted by a bakkie. Whilst questioning the occupants of the truck, the driver of the bakkie approached the SAPS members and attempted to bribe them and they were arrested and detained on the spot.

The truck and trailer, the van and the stolen diesel with a combined value of R2.4 million have been seized. The suspects are expected in the Cornelia District Court today.