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Trucker arrested for suspected stolen diesel following a breakdown in Welkom

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FREE STATE – A 42-year-old tanker truck driver has been arrested near Welkom for possession of suspected stolen diesel.

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team were alerted to a seemingly broken down tanker truck along the R34 between Kroonstad and Welkom.

Upon arrival at the scene they found a Nissan UD truck hooked to a tanker, that had a breakdown due to an apparent tyre burst.

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The tanker trailer was filled with approximately 40 000 litres of diesel and the driver failed to provide proof of where the fuel came from which resulted in his immediate arrest.

The truck and its tanker trailer and the suspect’s cell phone were seized for further investigation.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Kroonstad Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 17 August 2020 facing a charge of possession of suspected stolen diesel.

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