Stolen groceries located, three arrested

2016-05-12 06:00
     PHOTO:   supplied The recovered stolen groceries.

PHOTO: supplied The recovered stolen groceries.

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HIBBERDENE SAPS received a tip-off about suspected stolen food items being offloaded in Mgangeni in Hibberdene on Thursday morning.

Detectives and a task team from Hibberdene SAPS, members from Port Shepstone K9 Unit and members from the Public Order Policing in Port Shepstone went to the area.

They discovered several packages of groceries in some rondavels.

“It was also clear that the majority of the stolen groceries had already been removed from this spot. Information was also received that a truck carrying the groceries was allegedly hijacked and then recovered in Berea, Durban the same night,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

While police members were still at the rondavels in Mgangeni, Detective Sergeant Thulebona Nkhomo and Detective Constable Mlungisi Maphumulo from Hibberdene SAPS, followed up on the information.

They found more of the suspected stolen property in Magog where it had been offloaded at a tuck shop.

Nkhomo then went to the Fairview area in Southport where he spotted a bakkie with a closed canopy.

He believed the same bakkie was involved in the offloading of the stolen property.

“When he saw the police vehicle pulling off the road near the tuck shop, the driver fled into the bushes,” said Wiid.

Although police dogs were sent into the bushes to locate the suspect, he got away.

At the tuck shop, more of the stolen property was recovered and two women (both 24) and a foreign man (26) were arrested.

“It is alleged they played an active role in the offloading of the stolen property at the tuck shop,” she said.

The three will be charged for possession of stolen property.

It is also alleged that the tuck shops where the stolen property was offloaded, belongs to the suspect who fled from police.

Local detectives are liaising with the Berea police to establish if the stolen groceries were taken from the hijacked truck, which was recovered in the Berea.

“Police also expect to make more arrests,” added Wiid.

The stolen property and the bakkie were confiscated by police.

Acting cluster commander of Ugu cluster, Brigadier Morris Moodley, praised the police for their quick response and applauded the community who came forward with information regarding the stolen groceries. - Supplied.

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