Car hijackers are among 1200 suspects arrested by Gauteng police over the weekend
Gauteng police arrested two suspects and recovered an Opel Vivaro that was hijacked in Kleksdorp, North West Province, early this morning. The victim was allegedly shot and killed by the suspects during the hijacking. Police also recovered an unlicensed firearm believed to have been used during the commission of the crime.
Members of Sedibeng Flying Squad received information of a white Opel Vivaro that was hijacked in North West and spotted the car in Bophelong, Vanderbijlpark. Police intercepted the car, upon searching the suspect police found an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in their possession. The suspects were immediately arrested for possession of suspected hijacked vehicle as well as possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Police continued with the search at the premises and recovered yet another suspected stolen motor vehicle, a Ford Laser that was reported stolen in Vanderbijlpark. A manhunt has been launched for more suspects.
In Lyttleton Pretoria, on Saturday, police arrested two suspected car thieves before they could strike. Police were conducting routine patrols when they noticed a suspicious Toyota Etios Cross with two occupants. The vehicle was stopped and searched and police found the suspects in possession of car jamming device and instruments used to override vehicle security systems. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle driven by the suspects was stolen in Pretoria earlier this year.
Also in Tshwane, police arrested a salesman after a suspected stolen car was recovered at a second hand car dealership on Friday. The police were following up on information about suspected VW Polo that was being sold at a car dealership in Sefako Makgato Drive in Pretoria. Police pounced on the dealership and arrested the salesman after investigation revealed that the car he was selling was reported stolen in Brooklyn earlier this month.
Furthermore, Gauteng police arrested more than one thousand three hundred (1300) suspects during operations that were conducted in various parts of the province. The operations included the tracing of wanted suspects, raiding of liquor outlets and second hand dealerships, roadblocks, stop and search. More than three hundred (300) suspects were arrested in Tshwane and West Rand for crimes ranging from attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, dealing in drugs, driving while under the influence of alcohol, assault, malicious damage to property and house breaking.
Intelligence driven operations were also conducted in Johannesburg and Soweto which resulted in the arrest of more than four hundred and twenty (420) suspects for criminal offences that include rape, possession of suspected stolen properties, assault, possession of drugs and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Four hundred and ten (410) suspects were arrested in Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng for possession of suspected stolen motor vehicle, possession of suspected stolen properties, child neglect, malicious damage to property, car hijacking, kidnapping, fraud, attempted murder, drunk while under the influence of alcohol among other crimes.
Gauteng Police continue to squeeze the space for the criminals and that is achieved as more community members are coming forward with information of crime that is committed under their watch.
The suspects will appear at various magistrate courts from Monday.
Source: South African Police Service