South Africa 19.3.2015 02:50 pm

Hijackers pose as victims in KZN

Robbery at Umlazi mall condemend

Robbery at Umlazi mall condemend

Two hijackers are still at large after allegedly hijacking a motorist while pretending to be victims in Mariannhill Park, Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Ashley Residents’ Neighbourhood Watch reported that the hijacking took place on Celtis Road in Mariannhill Park, Highway Mail reported.

One of the two hijackers was allegedly stabbed in an altercation on Saturday. They were then chased on foot by security. While being chased, the hijackers flagged down a motorist under the pretence that they had been attacked.

The neighbourhood watch said when the motorist stopped, the hijackers pointed a firearm at the driver and demanded his car. The vehicle was later recovered on James Herbert Road. Investigations are ongoing.

This after two men driving a hijacked Toyota Hilux bakkie were arrested in Villieria, Pretoria in January.

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

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.

According to the most recent crime statistics released by South African Police, 6064 cars and 547 trucks were hijacked in the country’s most populous province last year alone.

Tracker spokesperson Gareth Crocker said it was difficult to pinpoint specific areas that were hijacking hotspots as criminals tended to move around.

“Motorists are most at risk of a hijacking currently at traffic intersections. This represents some 50% of all the hijackings that we respond to in Gauteng,” added Crocker.

– Caxton News Service

 

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