Rusa officer recovers hijacked vehicle

2015-06-04 06:00
The recovered vehicle.
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The recovered vehicle. Photo: supplied

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A VW Transporter that was hijacked from a business in Tongaat was recovered by members­ of Reaction Unit South Africa on Tuesday.

An employee of a cigarette company was delivering an order to a business in Buffelsdale when two suspects entered the premises and forced him at gunpoint to return to his vehicle, this according­ to Rusa head Prem Balram.

“The suspects loaded the victim into the back of the VW Transporter before driving off with him. The owner of the business, who witnessed the hijacking, contacted Reaction Unit South Africa for assistance. Reaction officer Ebrahim Osman was dispatched to the business and upon arrival was provided with a description of the hijacked vehicle and the direction in which it went.

“The Reaction officer circulated the information via his two-way radio and informed back-up vehicles that the hijacked vehicle was proceeding towards Verulam from Tongaat. The officer patrolled­ the area and located the victim and the vehicle on a dirt road leading from the R102 to Ndwedwe.”

Balram said the victim stated that one suspect remained with him at the back of the vehicle while the second suspect drove his vehicle.

“They then proceeded to the dirt road where a getaway vehicle was parked.

“The suspects stole about R160 000 worth of cigarettes which was loaded into their vehicle. The victim could not identify the suspects vehicle as he was instructed to keep his head down during the ordeal.”

The victim was also robbed for his BlackBerry cellphone before the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction

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