26 Jun 2010

Police station stripped of its contents

5:54 pm on 26 June 2010

Thieves have stripped a police station in South Africa of all its contents, down to the kitchen sink.

The Times newspaper reports the Carletonville police station, west of Johannesburg, was under renovation and ready for reoccupation.

Everything of value was taken, including doors, cupboards, basins, cutlery, tiles, furniture, electrical equipment and mortuary fridges.

It is not clear how the burglars managed to clean out the office without being detected by the security company contracted to guard the premises.

Officers now have to cram into three small rooms with no holding cells or parking spaces.

The Times reports the rent is about 127,000 rand ($US17,000) per month.