The suspect, 33, was arrested yesterday by Wartburg Task Team after the vehicle that was reported stolen on Saturday afternoon was spotted by Harburg police officers, police said.
On Saturday at about 4:25pm, the victim, Thulani Dlamini, had parked his Toyota Cressida at the Wartburg Spar car parking, leaving his car unlocked, with the key inside the vehicle, while he approached his colleague and started talking to him, added police.
It is believed Dlamini spent approximately five minutes talking to his colleague, and when he returned to the car parking, he found his vehicle had gone missing.
A case of theft of motor vehicle was opened at Wartburg Police Station for further investigation.
The details of the missing vehicle were immediately circulated to all nearby stations, and a few minutes later the vehicle was recovered, and the suspect, a former VIP officer from Pietermaritzburg, was arrested and charged with theft of motor vehicle.
The suspect appeared in the New Hanover Magistrates’ Court today.
The KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, appealed to the owners of motor vehicles to always lock their vehicles at all times when they park them.
In a separate incident, four former reservists were arrested in Johannesburg for impersonating police officers.
“The four, aged between 27 and 40, were arrested on the corner of De Villiers and Harrison streets in January,” Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said.
Police received a tip-off that the two men and two women were allegedly targeting foreigners, demanding bribes from them.
“Police […] saw the group and stopped them,” Mbele said.
“They searched them and recovered the following items: [a] wallet with SAPS [SA Police Service] emblem, police handcuffs, and SAPS appointment certificate,” added Mbele.
– Caxton News Service