Probe reveals stolen cars at city pounds

A TMPD probe has revealed more than 24 stolen vehicles are parked at the city’s pounds.

An internal investigation by the TMPD has found there are more than two dozen stolen cars parked at the city's four pounds. Picture: Stock. xchang

PRETORIA - An internal investigation by the Tshwane Metro Police Department has found there are more than two dozen stolen cars parked at the city's four pounds.

It also appears that there might be more cars that are unaccounted for.

The vehicles were reported stolen to police and were easily identified on their system.

Some have been parked there for months and others for years.

Eyewitness News has obtained copies of the police docket opened in September 2012, following the probe.

In an affidavit filed by police investigator Reinhart Ingram, he stated that he was assigned by a senior police officer to conduct an audit of all the vehicles in the city's pounds.

Ingram also said there was no proper control and that the legal registration of vehicles was not taking place.

In 2012, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probed the conduct of Tshwane metro police officers based at the city's vehicle pound.

They are accused of being corrupt, as sources said officers were impounding cars but not registering them.

Eyewitness News found that the officers would then still charge motorists to release the vehicles and then they would pocket the money.

The department has been unable to comment.