Private tracker company assists in car recoveries

2017-06-29 06:00

THREE stolen vehicles were recovered in two days by police with the help of a
local tracking company.

Hendrick Ludick, who owns a private tracking business, was instrumental in the recovery of two vehicles that were tracked to and recovered in the Eastern Cape.

On Monday morning, Ludick alerted Port Shepstone SAPS about a bakkie that was heading towards Port Edward.

The driver, the owner, had been hijacked at gunpoint at Reservoir Hills in Durban by three suspects who also shot at the victim before making their way south.

SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said when Ludick alerted police, Warrant Officer Willow le Roux and Sergeant Mark Banjo from the Port Shepstone K9 unit rushed to assist him.

“They managed to track the vehicle near Mzamba and pulled it off the road. Three adult males were arrested,” said Wiid.

Inside the vehicle, an unlicensed .38 revolver and five rounds of ammunition were found. It was later established that the revolver had been reported stolen in Umbilo in December 2012. A cellphone and truck spares were also found in the bakkie. “The suspects will be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and stolen property at Mzamba police station.

They will also be charged in Durban for the hijacking and shooting,” said Wiid.

In another incident, also on Monday morning, the Port Shepstone Crime Prevention Unit assisted Warrant Officer Abraham Sonnekus from the Port Shepstone DPCI: Organised Crime Unit to intercept a suspicious looking vehicle in Marburg.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality law enforcement officers and private security company employees also assisted in the operation.

“The car, a VW Citi Golf, was stopped in Marburg with two adult male occupants inside,” said Wiid.

She said it is believed the vehicle was used in a business robbery in Margate two weeks ago.

A follow-up investigation at their place of residence also resulted in the recovery of handcuffs, sets of uniforms from a well-known security company, a bullet-proof vest and 450 capsules of heroin.

On Tuesday morning another bakkie, which was stolen in Port Edward, was also tracked to Mzamba area by Ludick who
requested SAPS assistance.

Warrant Officer Riaan Joubert, Constables Zonwabele Mpofana, Amanda Khayisa, Mthembeni Ndlovu and Randhir Dhaniram of the Port Shepstone 10111 call centre responded.

The suspects evaded arrest, but the vehicle was impounded.

Deputy Cluster Commander of Ugu Cluster, Brigadier Bongani Sibiya expressed his
gratitude and pride in his members. He also praised Ludick for constantly assisting police to arrest criminals in the cluster.

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