Police vehicle stolen from Roodepoort station

FILE PICTURE: A South African Police Vehicle. Picture: Neil McCartney

FILE PICTURE: A South African Police Vehicle. Picture: Neil McCartney

A case of motor vehicle theft has been opened after a police bus and a vehicle were stolen at Roodepoort Police Station’s parking lot, on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Roodepoort police spokesperson Warrant Officer Nonhlanhla Khumalo said the white Quantum bus that was used for special projects and operations and a vehicle belonging to one of the members were stolen on Saturday. She said the suspicion was that suspects used a gate at the back of the station to escape, Roodepoort Record reported.

“At about 9pm, the AVL tracker in the Quantum bus was deactivated on the third street from the station. The bus has police markings but no blue lights, and its registration number is BRH 197 B,” added Khumalo.

She said the station did not have CCTV cameras. The station’s data capturer, Moipone Dube, said no foul play was suspected as yet, but the Vehicle Identification Section unit was investigating the matter further.

“This is not the first incident in which vehicles were stolen from the station’s parking lot, but the first in which a state’s vehicle is stolen,” added Dube.

No arrests have been made and Investigations are ongoing.

Theft of police vehicles seems to be a growing trend. Last month two men were arrested after being found in possession of five stolen cars, including a police minibus.

Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the arrests were made in Senoane in Soweto after members of the Johannesburg Crime Prevention Unit and South African Police Services Flying Squad acted after a tip-off.

“The two men, who are in their early 30s, had three Quantum minibuses, one Corsa van and a Sonata car, which were all stolen,” Minnaar said.

The one Quantum was a police vehicle, which was stolen in March 2015 and had been stripped of the police markings and resprayed white.

In March, a 25-year old suspect was arrested after allegedly stealing a police vehicle in George, in the Western Cape. In the video, the wreckage of the police van can be seen off the road, with paramedics and police on the scene.

– Caxton News Service

today in print