Quick reaction by police led to arrest of six suspects

2016-11-30 06:00
Police recovered an alleged stolen vehicle near the Blythedale off-ramp. Photo: supplied

Police recovered an alleged stolen vehicle near the Blythedale off-ramp. Photo: supplied

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THE swift reaction of police units along with a security company led to the arrest of six suspects who were allegedly in possession of a stolen vehicle.
This is according to KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.

He said the suspects were arrested near the Blythedale off-ramp and they are expected to appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of being in possession of property suspected to be stolen.

“On 24 November 2016, the Durban K9 Unit and Durban Flying Squad received information about a Toyota double cab bakkie which was stolen in the Berea area, Durban. The said vehicle was spotted and the members gave chase towards the North Coast on the N2 freeway. Back-up was called and KwaDukuza Task Team and a security company joined the chase and the vehicle was intercepted near the Blythedale off-ramp, KwaDukuza. Six suspects, aged between 30 and 35, were arrested and the vehicle was also recovered,” Zwane said.

He said it is believed that the owner parked his vehicle in the Berea area, but he returned to where he had parked his car he noticed that his vehicle was not there. Zwane said the description of the stolen vehicle was circulated and police began tracing it and that the victim was also assisting during the chase.

KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the members for their swift reaction that led to the arrest of the suspects.

“The arrested suspects will be profiled to establish if they are not wanted for any other crimes in the province. The vehicle was recovered a few hours after it was stolen which shows the commitment by the team while performing their duties,” he said.

In a separate incident, a 44-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday in Hlomendlini, New Ark, for being in possession of an illegal firearm.

“A case of possession of an unlicensed firearm is being investigated by Newark SAPS. The members acted on intelligence-driven information where a 44-year-old man was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with a live round of ammunition while at his house in Hlomendlini area. He appeared in court last Wednesday,” Zwane said.

Newark SAPS spokesperson, Malusi Ngubane said the suspect is in custody as the case has been remanded for next month.

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