Police net truck hijacking suspect
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)