EMPD seize R5m in stolen electronics

EMPD with some of the seized television sets found at a flat in the Kempton Park CBD. Pic: EMPD

EMPD with some of the seized television sets found at a flat in the Kempton Park CBD. Pic: EMPD

R5 million worth of alleged stolen appliances have been confiscated by police at a block of flats in Kempton Park on the East Rand.

Three Nigerian men aged 28, 48 and 49 were arrested Wednesday afternoon, while two other suspects managed to escape, Kempton Express reported.

Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said a resident noticed five men loading boxes from a garage at a block of flats on the corner of Casuarina and Kempton streets at 4.30pm.

“He alerted the police, and both the metro police and police responded. On approaching the five men who were loading the goods into a Hyundai H-100, two of them took off and managed to evade arrest. The Hyundai was positively verified as a stolen vehicle,” Kgasago said.

A total of 94 LED plasma TVs, 100 conventional TVs, 50 home theatre systems, 20 Play Stations and 50 DVD players, all sealed in boxes, were seized.

The three arrested suspects will face charges of possession of a suspected stolen vehicle and goods.

In a separate incident, men were arrested after stolen goods worth an estimated R3 million were recovered from storage units at a property in Benoni, on Gauteng’s East Rand in January.

Police spokesperson officer Tryna Maritz said the bust had come after a Crystal Park Community Police Forum member had spotted suspicious activity in the area and contacted authorities.

The men, aged 34 and 36, were arrested at the property as they were offloading the stolen items. About 300 cases of Red Bull energy drinks were found inside the vehicle, and the suspects reportedly could not explain why the cases were in their possession. It was later discovered all of the goods had been stolen in three separate incidents that took place between January 7 and 11.

– Caxton News Service


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