Manhunt for 19 suspects after 12 cars stolen from facility
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.