Thieves hit Interpol offices in PTA

A high-profile probe has been launched after devices believed to contain sensitive info were stolen.


JOHANNESBURG - A high-profile investigation into a burglary at the head offices of Interpol in Pretoria is underway after thieves stole computers believed to contain sensitive information.

The Times newspaper is reporting that two burglaries took place at the offices on Saturday and Sunday, where three offices were targeted.

Police say it's still unclear which information was on the computers and tablets.

The Times newspaper reports that the five laptops taken are said to contain information about high-profile cases involving organised criminals from Russia, Ukraine and China.

One of the computers is also reported to belong to the officer who extradited Cypriot national George Louca, who is currently on trial for the murder of strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

It's suspected the thieves gained entry into the building using access cards and the officers who were affected are understood to have undergone a polygraph test to rule out their involvement.

Police have confirmed the incidents of burglary to the newspaper, but have not yet been available to comment.