Cops put brakes on car thief’s getaway

2016-05-26 06:00
 Photo: supplied Sergeants Pandaram and Kamraj from Umhlali K9 unit, who tackled and arrested the suspect.

Photo: supplied Sergeants Pandaram and Kamraj from Umhlali K9 unit, who tackled and arrested the suspect.

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ON Friday, 20 May at around 10am, Sergeant Simamane and Constable Magwaza from Verulam SAPS were on a routine patrol in the Verulam CBD when they noticed the suspicious behaviour of a man attempting to steal a white Toyota Hilux.

Sergeant Simamane said he and his colleague were passing Verulam Court parking lot when they saw a man getting into the Hilux.

“As soon as our police vehicle stopped, the suspect fled and climbed into a white Chevrolet Spark, which was parked nearby. We then tried to stop the Spark from getting away, but the suspect took off through the Verulam town-centre and a high-speed chase ensued,” said Simamane.

“The suspects drove towards oncoming traffic and collided with two other road users in their attempt to get away. We then pursued the vehicle onto the R102 freeway, where the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled into the bushes,” he added.

Police then cordoned off the area and the Umhlali K9 unit was called out to assist in the apprehension of the suspects.

Sergeants Pandaram and Hamraj of the Umhlali K9 unit then searched the bushes, where a police dog tackled one of the suspects, who the officers subsequently arrested.

Upon inspecting the vehicle, police officers found numerous vehicle computer boxes, remotes, immobilisers, jammers, ignition barrels, vehicle keys, filed off Allen keys, as well as many spanners and screw driver sets.

Car thieves allegedly remove the car’s computer box when they steal a vehicle and insert one that overrides the car’s security systems.

The suspect is a 30-year-old man, who is remanded in police custody pending further investigation, is believed to be linked to other cases of motor vehicle theft in both KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

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