Constable Kadri Cohen, 24, made a brief appearance at Springbok Magistrate Court on Tuesday facing charges of theft and defeating the ends of justice.
Cohen’s arrest follows allegations of his involvement in the theft of state firearm in 2016 at Nababeep police station. Between August and November 2016, he allegedly connived with a local gang and sold them a firearm which was disposed off at the police station for safekeeping. The firearm was removed from another police official who was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute.
A theft case was registered and investigated but failed to yield results. The matter was referred to the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation in May last year and it was established that Cohen stole the firearm in 2016 and gave it to a gang in Grabouw who then sold it to another gang in Cape Town in exchange for drugs. The firearm is yet to be recovered however investigations are still continuing.
Cohen was arrested on Monday and appeared on Tuesday and he has been released on a warning. Cohen’s will appear again on 03 May 2019.