An officer of the Sierra Leone Police force was arrested Sunday, north of the country, after he reportedly stole a motorcycle from a police station, a source with direct knowledge of the incident said.

The source spoke to TV-News24 Tuesday, and on condition of anonymity, because s/he’s not authorized to officially speak on the matter and fears retribution.

The police officer, Constable Kabba Mohamed (11262), is stationed at the northeast police regional headquarters, the source said.

And he allegedly stole the motorcycle from the parking lot of the Mena regional police station here in Makeni city, according to the source.

The bike was reportedly parked at the police station with other motorcycles, when on Sunday evening, Mohamed allegedly entered the parking lot, damaged the locks at the gate, and stole the motorcycle with registration number ASE 235, the source said.

Mohamed, the source said, was later arrested by officials from the traffic department – and reportedly spent two days in police custody.

He was later released but has been referred, and is being investigated, by the police Complaints, Discipline and Internal Investigations Department, according to our source.

Mohamed wasn’t immediately available for comment.

But northeast region police spokesman Chief Inspector Abdul Rahman Sankoh, has confirmed to TV-News24 that police are investigating the alleged motorcycle theft by the police officer.

“Yes, CDIID is investigating the matter. My office has been notified by the regional coordinator for CDIID about the issue,” Sankoh said.

However, the police spokesman said, he’s awaiting for the office to send the files to him. A panel, Sankoh said, is going to be instituted to investigate the suspected police thief, and/or the matter.