Alleged hijack suspects arrested

2016-07-13 06:00
Photo: supplied The hijack of a cigarette-transporting caddy led to stolen cigarettes being left on the side of the dirt road in KwaCele.

Photo: supplied The hijack of a cigarette-transporting caddy led to stolen cigarettes being left on the side of the dirt road in KwaCele.

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ON 5 July at 7.45am, a British American Tobacco Volkswagen caddy was delivering cigarettes at a store in KwaCele, inland of Scottburgh, when the 31-year-old driver was allegedly held up by two armed men. The suspects made off with thousands of rands worth of cigarettes, money and a cellphone.
Charges of carjacking and armed robbery have been registered by the Scottburgh SAPS for investigation.

“It is alleged that the driver was returning to his vehicle after delivering the cigarettes at the store, which is next to the Dududu main road in KwaCele, when the two suspects held him up with a firearm. One of the suspects drove the caddy, taking the driver along them,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane.

“As the suspects turned into a side dirt road, they demanded money and the [caddy] panic button from the driver, who replied that he did not have either.
The suspects’ accomplices were in a Volkswagen Jetta, which was then loaded with several stolen cartons of cigarettes. When the car was full, the remaining cartons were left on the road. Leaving the driver behind, the suspects drove the caddy further up the dirt road where they abandoned it and fled in the Jetta.” The Scottburgh SAPS response crew and detectives attended the scene. They were joined later by a forensic expert from the Port Shepstone Local Criminal Record Centre, who combed the scene for forensic evidence.

At 2.30pm on 6 July, armed with information provided by Scottburgh Crime Intelligence, members of the Scottburgh Detective Task Team, Umzinto K9 unit, Umzinto Task Team, Scottburgh Crime Intelligence and Scottburgh Crime Prevention unit lay in wait on the N2 at Umkomaas.

“As the Jetta and a white Toyota Quantum taxi passed, a high speed chase ensued. Police managed to pull the taxi over at Winklespruit, but the Jetta was lost in the chase. The driver of the taxi and his two passengers were placed under arrest and the taxi was impounded,” said Zwane.

All the stolen cigarettes were recovered in the taxi. The driver of the taxi is from Dududu while the other two suspects are from KwaMashu. All three arrested men were detained and appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 7 July on charges of carjacking and armed robbery. The case was remanded until 28 July and the suspects remain in custody.

“This indicates that the police officials are not tolerating any illegal behaviour. It is hoped that this arrest will send a clear message that we will arrest all those who break the law, said KZN Acting Provincial Commissioner, Bhekinkosi Langa.

- Supplied.

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