3 linked to Gauteng truck hijackings arrested

2015-04-14 07:17

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Johannesburg - Three men linked to truck hijackings across Gauteng have been arrested in Kliptown, Soweto, police said on Monday.

Following a tip off, members of the SA Police Service followed a lead on a silver Hyundai which was identified as a getaway car during truck hijackings, police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

The three men were arrested on Monday afternoon during a meeting in Kliptown. They had been travelling in three different cars; a silver Ford, a gold Lexus and the silver Hyundai.

The trio was arrested following a shoot-out, after being cornered by police at their meeting point. The men were meeting to secure a deal, Makhubela said.

Makhubela said the other occupants in the cars managed to flee and were still at large.

Stolen vehicles

The Ford had been reported stolen during a house robbery in Florida last week, Makhubela said. The Lexus was also reported stolen in Linden during a house robbery at the weekend.

The Hyundai was owned by a woman from Zola, Soweto, Makhubela said. The car was not reported as stolen. She was not arrested, but investigations into her connection with the trio were under way.

The men would appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of possession of stolen vehicles and house robbery.

One of the men was out on parole for armed robbery, Makhubela said.

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