Swift work catches Manor suspects

2018-04-04 06:00
The 48 boxes of Vaseline Blue Seal worth R70 000 that was recovered on Friday.PHOTO: supplied

The 48 boxes of Vaseline Blue Seal worth R70 000 that was recovered on Friday.PHOTO: supplied

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A 3 AM call-out to investigate suspicious behaviour resulted in up to R70 000 worth of goods being recovered in the Manor area last Friday.

Walungisa Protection Services (WPS) owner Imraan Osman responded quickly to a call reporting suspicious activity regarding a bakkie at the local Manor grounds and upon approach, noticed that a white Toyota Hilux bakkie was being loaded with multiple brown boxes.

“We immediately thought this was suspicious given the time and location.

“As we were patrolling, Detective Constable Ashen Govender approached us as he was also patrolling the area,” said Osman.

Informing Govender of what he had seen, Osman said that once they noticed that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to drive off, they proceeded towards it, which then alarmed the two men inside the bakkie.

“When we got to the vehicle we noticed the two men were trying to pick up items from one of the boxes which had fallen and broken open when they tried to flee,” said Osman.

Quick thinking by the police and WPS made it possible for them to grab both men in their attempt to evade the scene, resulting in the discovery of 48 Blue Seal Vaseline boxes.

“When we questioned the man he said that he had purchased the stock from a friend but upon further questioning he revealed that he purchased the items off a truck,” said Osman.

A K-9 unit arrived shortly afterwards and assisted in the arrest of the two men, of which one was identified as a foreign national who is a local shop owner.

The company assumed to own the goods was then contacted and it provided legal proof that it owns the goods, proving that the goods were stolen, which led to the arrest of the two men.

Pietermaritzburg Central police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi confirmed the arrests and hailed the efforts of the police and WPS members who were pivotal to the arrests.

The two men will appear in court soon.

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