South Africa 9.1.2015 06:00 pm

Two arrested for alleged hijacking

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

Two men driving a hijacked Toyota Hilux bakkie were arrested in Villieria, Pretoria.

Police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said police officers were on patrol in Midrand yesterday when they received an alert about the bakkie, which was hijacked in Johannesburg earlier in the week, Rekord Moot reported.

The vehicle was moving towards Pretoria on the N1 highway around 9.30pm, said Weilbach.

Midrand police officers, who were also on the N1 highway at the time, immediately tried to locate the vehicle, added Weilbach.

With the assistance of car tracker, the police followed the vehicle to Pretoria, where it was pulled over on the corner of Nico Smit Street and 30th Avenue in Villieria, said Weilbach.

The suspects inside the hijacked vehicle were arrested, said police.

Weilbach said police searched the suspects and found a knife in the driver’s possession.

The two suspects, a 31-year-old man from Soweto and a 69-year-old man from Hammanskraal, will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court next week.

Police would continue their investigation to determine whether the men could be linked to the hijacking, added Weilbach.

On Tuesday, a tip off led police to the arrest of an alleged hijacker in Ivory Park Extension 2, east of Johannesburg.

Ivory Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Neldah Sekgobela said police officers from the Gauteng provincial police received a tip off about suspicious activity at a Tata truck that had been parked in the street.

Sekgobela said police went to the scene to investigate the truck, and they found the vehicle had been linked to a robbery case in Secunda at the beginning of January.

Unaware police were on to him, the suspect (30) arrived at the scene driving a white Ford Laser and parked next to the truck. He was arrested while getting into the truck, said Sekgobela.

Read more: Tip-off lead to an arrest of alleged hijacker 

– Caxton News Service

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