Housebreaking gang arrested in high-speed chase

2014-05-06 00:00

POLICE swooped on four housebreaking and hijacking suspects on the N2 yesterday as stunned motorists watched the drama unfold.

The gang is believed to be responsible for housebreakings and an attempted housebreaking committed in Durban North on Sunday.

Yesterday the gang broke into a house in Jacaranda Avenue, Isipingo, stealing a plasma television and other household appliances.

A neighbour alerted police, who went to the house. The criminals jumped into their car and fled.

Sydenham police, Durban K9 unit and Metro police gave chase and cornered their MercedesBenz, causing the driver to lose control and crash the car.

Traffic came to a standstill on the N2 as the men tried to flee.

The Mercedes-Benz had been hijacked in Chatsworth two weeks ago.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the police’s K9 unit released their dogs and all four suspects were apprehended.

“We can confirm that the car was hijacked in Bayview last month and police recovered house-breaking implements and stolen property inside the vehicle,” said Zwane.

Police radios, an R5 rifle magazine with four live rounds of ammunition and reflector jackets were also recovered and an investigation will be conducted to ascertain how the suspects got them.

He said the suspects, aged between 20 and 25, will be charged for housebreaking, possession of suspected stolen property, possession of ammunition and car hijacking.

A policeman at the scene said the four suspects are believed to be from KwaMashu and at least one of them, the driver, had been on the wrong side of the law before.

Yesterday, the owner of the stolen car said he was relieved that police had finally nabbed the men who had robbed him at gunpoint on April 25.

Mothichan Rajbansi said he was walking up the stairway of his home when suddenly a gun was pointed at his head.

“If those young men were not carrying guns they would not have taken my car in the manner they did. The government is too lenient to criminals and the victims suffer in the process,” said Rajbansi.

Durban North Community Policing Forum chairperson Haden Searles said there were four incidents in Durban North on Sunday and in each incident the victim had identified a Mercedes-Benz as the getaway car.

“The issue of reflector jackets, two-way radios and an R5 magazine needs to be thoroughly investigated because it is a cause for concern,” said Searles.

The arrested men are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the reflector jackets and police radios that were retrieved from the suspects will be thoroughly investigated and that those responsible for issuing the police equipment to the suspects will be dealt with accordingly.

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