National 13.8.2016 08:23 am

Hijacking syndicate smashed in KZN

One man was found in possession of more than 10 stripped vehicles at a house being used as a chop shop.

Eleven alleged car hijackers have been arrested and 10 vehicles recovered in KwaZulu-Natal, police said on Saturday.

“A multidisciplinary operation conducted by the Eshowe SA Police Service (SAPS), crime intelligence, detectives, Empangeni SAPS, and Empangeni K9 yielded excellent results when 11 suspects were arrested…,” said Captain Nqobile Gwala.

The team followed up information in the Eshowe area about hijacking cases reported in the UThungulu policing cluster. The suspects were arrested at Eshowe and three hijacked vehicles were recovered from them.

Preliminary investigations revealed that some of the hijacked vehicles belonged to the government, where employees were hijacked. The recovered vehicles included two Toyota Hilux bakkies and a VW Polo. The vehicles were hijacked in Eshowe, Gingindlovu, and Umlazi in August and June.

The officers then went to a house in the Kwasiqwanjana area, where a 30-year-old man was arrested when he was found in possession of more than 10 stripped vehicles. It was established that the house was being used as a chop shop.

The arrested suspects were linked to several carjacking cases committed in Eshowe, Gingindlovu, and surrounding areas. Two 9mm pistols were also recovered from the suspects. The arrested suspects, aged between 23 and 30, were expected to appear in the Eshowe Magistrates’ Court on Monday on charges of carjacking, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, and theft of motor vehicles, Gwala said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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