On 25 March 2015 at 12:00 five suspects were arrested for abalone poaching in Camps Bay after suspicious persons were spotted by an alert police employee. He notified operational personnel and upon their arrival they kept the suspects under constant surveillance.
Two of the males then came out of the water and went to a vehicle parked opposite the police station and the two females followed them. The third male then came out of the water with a black bag and walked pass the vehicle in the direction of Bakoven, Camps Bay. SAPS members then followed the suspect who walked off with the bag and asked for permission to search the bag.
In the bag the following were found: 79 units of shucked abalone with an estimated value street value of R 100 000.00.
Five suspects, two women aged 44 year and three males age between 31 and 46 were arrested. The suspects are currently in custody and will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court once they have been charged.
The vehicle was handed in as evidence and in the boot of the vehicle the following items were found:
4 pairs of Goggles
A Scissor and various chisels
Attached find photos of the confiscated abalone and the diving gear.
Source : South African Police Service