Police have instituted an internal investigation at the Midrand police station after thieves broke into the cop shop and stole seven plasma TVs from the storeroom last weekend.
Shockingly, the incident was not captured by CCTV cameras, despite that the station has installed at least three cameras facing the direction of the entrance to the administration block, where the TVs were stored.
This revelation, according to police officers attached to the station, triggered an internal police investigation because there are suspicions that the incident was an inside job.
CCTV footage, according to officers close to the investigations, captured nothing and the review shows that at the time of the break-in, the cameras were pointing to another direction.
A Midrand resident who accused the police station’s officers of being too corrupt told the publication that it is much better if Midrand Police Station hires a prominent security company such as G4S to protect them from robbers.
A local publication reported that police officers have now been asked to hand over their cell phones to investigators for downloads.
This was, the officers said, because the police bosses suspected that whoever broke into the station was working with one of their own.
Provincial police spokesperson Mavela Masondo confirmed the break-in and said investigations were underway.
“Police have opened a case of business breaking-in for investigation after the storeroom where some of the unclaimed properties are kept was broken into.
“Seven television sets that were to be taken for auction were stolen.
“No arrests have been made and suspects are unknown at this stage, but investigations are underway,” said Masondo.
An officer, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said the storeroom located in the admin office of the station contained expensive alcohol and other items, but said only the TV sets were stolen.