Hijacked Vehicle Recovered - 3 x 9mm Recovered and 3 x Suspects Arrested Umzinto. 17/04

Started by , Tue Apr 22, 2014 15:12



MEMBERS of the Umzinto SAPS and the Park Rynie Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) joined forces and manned a roadblock on the R102 Ixopo Main Road last Thursday, (April 17). At approximately 8.30am, a VW Polo Vivo was stopped and while being examined, was found to have a fraudulent licence disc displayed on the windscreen. The driver suddenly sped off , with the police immediately giving chase.

As the suspects tried to evade police the driver lost control of the car. The car overturned and crashed downhill through the long grass and shrubs before coming to a standstill in the veld. The three occupants abandoned the now extensively damaged and immobile vehicle and attempted to escape from police on foot.

Police pursued the suspects through the veld and apprehended the driver about 100 metres from the vehicle. The other two other suspects fled into a nearby gum tree plantation. Police formed a cordon around the plantation, trapping the two suspects who could find no way out.

A substantial amount of money, a 9mm pistol and ammunition were recovered from one of the men. Upon searching the car, police recovered a further two 9mm pistols and ammunition as well as other exhibits. The serial numbers of all three guns had been ground off.

Police records revealed that the owner of the car, a 59 year old man, was hijacked at gunpoint by three men while stationary at traffic lights in Jacobs Road, Durban on the evening of April 10. A case of carjacking had been registered with the Brighton Beach SAPS.

The suspects were attended to by paramedics. None of them was seriously injured when the car rolled, but one appears to have suffered whiplash. They have been detained in police custody until their appearance in the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court. They face charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The car was removed to the police pound in Port Shepstone and will be subjected to forensic tests.

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