Caption: MMC for Community Safety, Cllr Pheladi Mmoko standing next to the truck with stolen goods
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), following a joint operation with SAPS, nabbed a fully loaded truck on the R562 near Olifansfontein, Thembisa, in what seemed to be run by a hijacking syndicate operation.
The three-tonne truck was found carrying the likes of washing powder, energy drinks, vehicle engine oil, and tin fish.
Member of Mayoral Committee of Community for Safety Cllr Pheladi Mmoko commended the police for a job well done.
He said the police have been following the suspicious delivery vehicle for some time and when the truck was cornered, one suspected arrested.
“Upon investigation the police discovered illegal firearms, counterfeit money, and it was later confirmed that the stock being transported was stolen,” MMC Mmoko said.
He said that the suspect led the police to a shop in Swazi Inn section in Thembisa where more suspected stolen goods were found. Two more arrests were made.
He said preliminary investigations point to a truck hijacking syndicate that operates in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and City of Johannesburg.
“Most of these goods were stolen from hijackings and business robberies in different parts of the province. They were stored in different warehouses, including one in Tshwane where the suspect led the police to,” said MMC Mmoko.
MMC Mmoko urged the community to report any suspicious activities to the police at the police station or by calling 08600 10111.