Robbers foiled in heist on van

2017-06-29 06:01
This alleged hijacker was caught after a chase in Lusaka, Nyanga.

This alleged hijacker was caught after a chase in Lusaka, Nyanga.

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Swift action by Nyanga police led to the foiling of a heist of a delivery vehicle on Friday morning.

Two culprits driving a silver grey Mercedes Benz allegedly accosted a van in Borcheds Quarry near the airport.

“The driver was allegedly pointed with a firearm by two suspects, one was armed and came out of a vehicle. The suspects instructed the driver and passenger to get out of the vehicle and they drove off with the vehicle.

A police van from Nyanga came to their rescue while the driver was wandering in the road. He stopped the police and asked for assistance,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

A wild but brief police chase ensued. “When the suspects were near Lusaka they both jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the shacks. Police managed to catch the one with a firearm. A Norrinco firearm with its serial number filed off and a nine live rounds were found in the possession of the suspect,” said Sitshitshi.

.In an unrelated incident the police recovered a firearm with four live rounds at a spaza shop in Lusaka.

“Two suspects were arrested after the firearm was found hidden under the cupboard. The two men are 27-years-old,”

The three suspects from the two incidents appeared at the Athlone Magistrate court on charges ranging from illegal possession, ammunition and hijacking.

Sitshitshi advised motorist to be on lookout for hijackings in the Browns Farm, Samora Machel, Nyanga and Crossroads areas. She said that the incidents even take place during the day.

“Be on the look-out for suspicious people and vehicles following them. Avoid driving with windows open and keep doors locked at all times,” she said.

She warned against keeping valuables where they can be easily seen and avoid distructing activities like being on the cellphone.

“Motorists must always keep a safe distance to enable one to drive away if anything might happen.

They are urged to make use of the information and assist in preventing incidents of hijackings,” she concluded.

You can report hijackings, house robberies and business robberies on 021 684 1531 or Crime Stop at 0860010111.

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