Police engage Interpol to trace stolen e-passports

The Botswana Gazette on April 11, 2012 released the following:


Palapye Police have engaged Interpol to trace thieves who stole 44 e-passports from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Office in Palapye last week. The culprits, who are still at large, broke into the immigration office and stole the passports along with cash amounting to P1064.00.

The assistant manager, communications in the Department of Immigration, Osesenaqa Lekgoko, said the passports were awaiting collection. She said the incident has not interrupted their service. Palapye Police Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Meshack Ranku confirmed the theft. “The case was reported to our police station on the 4th and we are looking for the suspects,” he said. The police said because the passports are international documents, they have engaged Interpol to assist them arrest the culprits.

Ranku said the motive behind stealing the passports could be to sell, or forge them; the police are worried that the passports may be used in criminal activities. They said this is the first incident of its kind relating to e-passports.

Meanwhile a suspect is being questioned by the police in relation to the crime. Police investigations are continuing.”


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