Police: Hawks break-in done by regular visitors

Johannesburg - Police believe that a break-in at the offices of the Hawks and Interpol was done by people who regularly visit the building, they said on Thursday.

Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said in a text message to Sapa that police are investigating the incident. He said police learned on Monday that there had been a break-in.

"It is a building with a number of tenants. The Hawks and Interpol (meaning the SA Police Service) are tenants," Makgale said.

On 30 July, Makgale said police were investigating a break-in at the same building where several items were taken, including laptops, cameras, and tablets.

Police became aware of the incident on 27 July.

According to the Sowetan newspaper at the time, the laptops contained information about Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's case, secret witness lists, and information linked to investigations into international crime syndicates.

Investigators had apparently indicated that one of the stolen laptops belonged to an officer involved in George Louca's extradition to South Africa from Cyprus.

Louca is accused of murdering Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

Makgale said at the time the Sowetan's allegations were "pure speculation".

On Thursday, he said only two incidents had been reported recently.

"We recently recovered laptops from a pawn shop. They were reported stolen in an unrelated incident," Makgale said.

"We suspect it might be the same people who broke into the Interpol and Hawks offices."