Men arrested for perjury after cigarette hijacking

2011-03-18 14:17

Two men have been arrested for perjury after they falsely reported that their vehicle containing R320 000 worth of cigarettes was hijacked on Randfontein Road in Roodepoort, west of Joburg.

The two men, aged 32 and 36, were travelling in a van containing cigarettes which were supposed to be delivered in Mogale City when they claimed that they were hijacked, police spokesperson Constable Vincent Mashiteng said.

“They alleged that they were driving on Randfontein Road and stopped at traffic lights on the corner of Randfontein Road and Corlett Drive in Witpoortjie,” Mashiteng said.

“Two suspects climbed out of a silver Toyota Yaris and pointed them with firearms. They pulled the passenger out of the [van] and one of them jumped in pointing the driver with a firearm.”

One of the men claimed that he was forced inside the silver Yaris then dropped off in Randfontein.

The driver was ordered to drive at gun-point until they stopped in Mosega Street in Witpoortjie.

“He said that he saw people loading the cigarettes in a white Kia bakkie through the rear mirror. When they finished loading the cargo they locked him at the back of the vehicle,” Mashiteng said.

The two men however, did not know that the car was fitted with a sophisticated tracking device.

“The investigating officer got the print out from the tracking company which shows that the vehicle did not stop anywhere on Randfontein Road,” Mashiteng said.

“It also shows that one door was opened on the alleged crime scene. The report totally contradicted their story and both men were arrested for perjury.”

The cigarettes have not been recovered and investigations are continuing.

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