Po­lice net truck hi­jack­ing sus­pect

Pretoria News - - METRO - JONISAYI MAROMO

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing ram­pant truck hi­jack­ings in Gaut­eng have ar­rested a sus­pect on charges of pos­sess­ing an un­li­censed firearm and am­mu­ni­tion, stolen ve­hi­cles and im­per­son­at­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The sus­pect was picked up on Satur­day in Stoner­idge and found with an un­li­censed firearm with am­mu­ni­tion and a replica firearm, po­lice spokes­woman Bri­gadier Mathapelo Peters said.

“Two (po­lice) ap­point­ment cer­tifi­cates with the sus­pect’s photo but dif­fer­ent names were also found.

“Two ve­hi­cles that were at the ad­dress, a red VW Golf GTI and a grey VW Polo, were tested and con­firmed as stolen,” said Peters.

“The sus­pect is one of three sus­pects ar­rested for truck hi­jack­ings af­ter the first two were ar­rested the pre­vi­ous day in an i ntel­li­gence- driven op­er­a­tion that led po­lice to a plot around Um­nandi in the Olieven­hout­bosch polic­ing area.”

In the first ar­rest, po­lice found two males on the plot off-load­ing boxes con­tain­ing bars of bath soap from a Sca­nia truck re­ported hi­jacked at Tarl­ton in the West Rand, Peters said.

The men were ar­rested for the pos­ses­sion of sus­pected stolen prop­erty.

Other op­er­a­tions con­ducted across Gaut­eng yielded pos­i­tive re­sults, par­tic­u­larly in Jo­han­nes­burg where more than 130 peo­ple were ar­rested on al­le­ga­tions of mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, armed rob­bery, fraud, pos­ses­sion of drugs, as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm and sell­ing liquor without li­cences.

“More than 160 sus­pects were ar­rested in the West Rand by the in­te­grated law en­force­ment agen­cies,” Peters said.

“Th­ese sus­pects were ar­rested dur­ing road­blocks, raid­ing of il­le­gal liquor out­lets, trac­ing of wanted sus­pects as well as stop and searches for rape, armed rob­bery, ar­son, theft, point­ing of firearm, in­tim­i­da­tion, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and pos­ses­sion of drugs.”

In Ekurhu­leni and Tsh­wane, more than 180 sus­pects were ar­rested for the pos­ses­sion of un­li­censed firearms, mur­der, rape, as­sault and hold­ing sus­pected stolen prop­erty.

Po­lice in Sed­ibeng ar­rested 35 peo­ple for ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty, pos­ses­sion of drugs, as­sault with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, rape, driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, business bur­glary, pos­ses­sion of live am­mu­ni­tion and be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Peters said all those ar­rested would ap­pear in court soon. | African News Agency (ANA)

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