Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) successfully nabbed 12 suspects and recovered stolen goods on Sunday, August 14, after they are alleged to have been part of 16 suspects who assailed a business on Saturday, reports the Boksburg Advertiser.
EMPD spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Wilfred Kgasago said that approximately 16 men assailed a business in Dawn Park on Saturday, August 13, where the victims were tied up and their cellphones taken before two trucks – each with two trailers – were hijacked.
The thieves used a jammer connected to a 12-volt battery which was intended to immobilise the tracking system. However, it failed as the tracking system still managed to locate the two trailers in Jet Park where 12 suspects where found offloading the loot on August 14.
Kgasago said, “Twelve suspects were caught in the act offloading the cargo of household cleaning products within the premises of Palisades Business Park in Jet Park.”
Kgasago said the arrests and the recovery took place at around 3pm on Sunday, August 14, due to the efforts of the EMPD Equestrian Unit and SAPS Flying Squad members. The recovered goods, valued at R200 000, were returned to their rightful owners.
The suspects ages ranged from 22 to 41.
All the suspects were detained at Boksburg North Police Station after charges of possession of stolen goods and vehicles were laid against them.
They are expected to appear in the Boksburg Magistrates’ Court soon.
– Caxton News Service