Police in Cape Town have arrested a 45-year-old suspect on charges of possession of stolen property. This comes after members linked to the Maitland Flying Squad followed up on information regarding a stolen watch at a pawn shop in Cape Town, as News24 reports.
However, these members were in for a surprise after not only identifying the watch in the shop, but also finding 51 more expensive watches.
In a statement, police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said that the members who were at the scene “found a lot of presumed uncut diamonds and different coloured gemstones. A total of 544 gemstones were seized.”
“The value of all items that were confiscated are estimated at R 8 000 000” Van Wyk explains.
The suspect is being detained at the Cape Town Central police station and is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.