Bogus highjack: chips are down for three ‘victims’

2010-11-18 00:00

THREE suspects were arrested for defeating the ends of justice when a trucker made a false report on Monday that he had been hijacked while delivering a consignment of potato chips worth R50 000.

The three were arrested by the SA Police Force, Isipingo, on Tuesday following some clever policing work that uncovered that the “hijacking” had been orchestrated.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said, “A case of truck-jacking was reported at SAPF Isipingo. The truck was a delivery truck for Frimax which had stock amounting to R50 000.”

He said it was alleged by the driver that he parked on Old Main Road, Isipingo, at 2 pm when he was approached by three men who pointed a firearm at him.

“They got into the vehicle and drove to KwaMakutha where [the driver and crew] were assaulted.

The driver stated that they managed to escape from the attackers to the main road where they were assisted by a security guard who transported them to the Isipingo police station,” said Zwane.

He said the vehicle was recovered at Folweni at 11.40 pm the same night after the tracking device was activated.

Zwane said the investigating officer in the case began by contacting the company and requesting a trip sheet from the manager.

“It was established from the trip sheet that the truck was not in the Isipingo patrol area at the time that it was reported to have been hijacked,” said Zwane.

He said the detectives then interviewed the “victims”.

“They confessed to setting up the crime so that they could sell off the chips that they were delivering to their customers,” said Zwane.

He said they sold the chips in the Durban area.


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