Break-in again at Pta Interpol building

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Offices used by the Hawks and Interpol in Pretoria have again been broken into, police said on Thursday.

“We are busy with investigations. We believe that the break-in was done by people who regularly visit our offices,” Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said in an SMS to Sapa.

“It is a building with a number of tenants. The Hawks and Interpol (meaning the SA Police Service) are tenants.”

He said the break-in was discovered on Monday.

On July 30, Makgale said police were investigating a break-in at the same building where several items were taken, including laptops, cameras, and tablets.

Police became aware of the incident on July 27.

According to the Sowetan newspaper at the time, the laptops contained information about Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s case, secret witness lists, and information linked to investigations into international crime syndicates.

Investigators had apparently indicated that one of the stolen laptops belonged to an officer involved in George Louca’s extradition to South Africa from Cyprus.

Louca is accused of murdering Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

Makgale said at the time the Sowetan’s allegations were “pure speculation”.

On Thursday, he said only two incidents had been reported recently.

“We recently recovered laptops from a pawn shop. They were reported stolen in an unrelated incident,” Makgale said.

“We suspect it might be the same people who broke into the Interpol and Hawks offices.”


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