Man­hunt for 19 sus­pects af­ter 12 cars stolen from fa­cil­ity

Pretoria News - - METRO - LIAM NGOB­ENI

PO­LICE are seek­ing as­sis­tance from the pub­lic af­ter 19 sus­pects stole 12 cars in Walt­loo, east of the city

SAPS pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Bri­gadier Mathapelo Peters said the cars were stolen from a ve­hi­cle stor­age fa­cil­ity on Jan­uary 26 be­tween 6am and 7am. Among the cars taken were Ford Rangers, Ford Fi­es­tas and Ford Fi­gos.

Peters said an al­leged im­pos­tor dressed in the uni­form of the se­cu­rity com­pany on-site found his way onto the premises.

He held on-duty se­cu­rity guards at gun point. “He then opened the main gate, al­low­ing in about 17 more sus­pects onto the premises.”

It is al­leged the sus­pects were all dressed in the same uni­form of the on-site se­cu­rity. Peters said the sus­pects then made off with the 12 ve­hi­cles.

Se­cu­rity guards at the fa­cil­ity were found on the premises with their hands tied.

A case of busi­ness rob­bery has been opened as a man­hunt con­tin­ues.

Pro­vin­cial SAPS com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Elias Mawela has called for the im­me­di­ate mo­bil­i­sa­tion of an in­te­grated team of in­ves­ti­ga­tors led by the SAPS Crime In­tel­li­gence and the Ve­hi­cle Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion units, to­wards the ap­pre­hen­sion of the sus­pects.

Peters en­cour­aged any mem­ber of the pub­lic who may have in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the ap­pre­hen­sion of the sus­pects to con­tact po­lice by call­ing the crime stop num­ber (0860 010 111). Al­ter­na­tively, they can give a tip-off on the MySAPS app.

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