Cops bust gang of hijackers

2014-01-15 00:00

POLICE say they have crippled a gang of criminals armed with high-calibre weapons who went on a hijacking spree in Durban.

The gang’s criminal activities came to an end when five members were arrested in Umlazi on Friday — after they had hijacked vehicles from Merebank, Merewent, Westville and Verulam.

The gang first targeted a 35-year-old woman in Merebank, threatening her with a gun while entering her house on January 7. Her Toyota Conquest was stolen. On January 10, the gang returned to the neighbouring Merewent suburb and hijacked a VW Polo from another woman. Later that day they found their next victim in Westville where they hijacked a 25-year-old woman, taking her Renault Clio and handbag. On January 11, the gang hijacked a Toyota Avanza in Verulam, north of Durban. But this time police were hot on their heels and arrested five people later that day.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naiker said five men, aged between 19 and 22, were found with a 9 mm firearm with its serial number filed off as well as toy gun suspected to have been used in the hijackings. Naicker said police were still looking for one gang member who is from Umlazi.

The gang members are expected to appear in court today.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a woman driver accidentally shot two taxi passengers when she fought off hijackers on Old Main Road, Pinetown on Monday. Its alleged that three hijackers attempted to rob the woman when she stopped at a traffic light. A police source told The Witness that the hijackers fled when the shots were fired.

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