Cops seize stolen goods worth R3m

2015-01-14 14:00

Two men were arrested in Benoni on the East Rand after stolen goods worth more than R3 million were found in their possession.

Acting on a tip-off, members of the equestrian and dog units found a van full of Red Bull energy drinks yesterday afternoon, Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said.

The two occupants, Ethiopian men aged 34 and 36, were unable to produce valid invoices for their cargo.

At storage units in Pretoria, other goods including printer cartridges, baking powder, dried fruit, biscuits and vegetables were found.

Investigations showed that the energy drinks were stolen during a business robbery in Germiston on the weekend, while the other goods were stolen during truck hijackings.

“Company representatives of companies that were victims of the hijackings brought along documentary proof to identify the stolen goods,” Kgasago said.

One of the men was out on bail of R20 000 after being arrested for possession of a cargo of rice stolen during a truck hijacking.

The two were expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrates’ Court soon on charges of possession of stolen goods.

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