The Provincial Organised Crime unit yielded good successes in arresting a 41-year-old man and recovered stolen goods with an estimated value of R950 000.00. The arrests were made after the vehicle hijacking task team received information of a suspect selling stolen property (copper fittings) at a scrap metal dealer in Korsten.
The information of the stolen property linked up with a truck hijacking that was reported at the Mount Road SAPS on Thursday, 18 January 2018, in Newton Park area at approximately 16:45. The driver and the passenger of a truck were stopped by a Corsa vehicle and called out of the vehicle threatened with a gun, forced into the Corsa whilst the two suspects drove off with the truck containing copper fittings and pallets with bathroom accessories. The suspect drove off with the complainant and the passenger and later dropped them off in Markman.
While following up on the information they called the supervisor of the truck that was hijacked and he identified the copper fittings that were on recovered as the property that was on the truck. After further investigation the members identified a workshop in Gelvandale and at this address they recovered seven (7) pallets of bathroom accessories that were taken from the truck with an estimated value of R850 000-00.
A case of possession of suspected stolen property was opened and will be investigated with the Hijacking case. The suspect will appear in the New Brighton Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.
Mount Road Cluster Commander Maj Gen Thembisile Patikile said “All dealers in second-hand goods are required to report all suspicious transactions to the police, when they suspect that the seller of goods is providing false information about it or where the goods are suspected to be stolen or tampered with.”