2 week blitz nets 45 stolen, hijacked cars

2017-07-09 19:15
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - Members of the vehicle crime investigation unit seized 45 stolen and hijacked vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal in a two week blitz, provincial police announced on Sunday.

The clamp down was carried out between June 24 and July 7.

The total value of recovered vehicles is estimated to be roughly R3.5m, police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said in a statement.

He said one suspect has been arrested and more arrests are expected as investigations continue.

During the operation to recover stolen vehicles, several were found altered or had their identification numbers changed.

Some were reintroduced onto the national administration traffic information system, eNatis, through crime syndicates, Zwane said.

KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Bheki Langa in the statement warned members of the public to be cautious when buying vehicles from private sellers who advertise on various media platforms. 

“Whilst there might be cases where these cloned vehicles are sold to unsuspecting members of the community, we are also aware that in many cases members of the public are aware of these dodgy practices and collude with criminals to buy vehicles for a fraction of their value,” Langa said.

“It is only a matter of time before the long arm of the law catches up with you.”

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