'BMW Specialst' scrapyard raided

2013-03-10 18:51

Johannesburg - Three scrapyard mechanics were arrested after they had been found in possession of stolen cars and parts in Makhado, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

The three were arrested on Saturday at a scrapyard dubbed the "BMW Specialist", Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"Seven BMW vehicles whose value is estimated to be several millions of rands which were reported stolen in Sandton, Pinetown, Meadowlands, Cape Town Central, Durban Central, as well as Mamelodi East, were found at the scrapyard with engines and other parts removed.

"BMW vehicle doors which were reported stolen at Florida, Themba and Kroonstad were also recovered. Over 50 BMW engines were found on the premises."

Police were searching for the scrapyard's owner, who was allegedly on the run. The men would appear in the Makhado Magistrate's Court soon.

  • antonio.bandarass - 2013-03-10 18:59


      Colin Dovey - 2013-03-10 20:02

      News24 does not even use a spell check......!

  • motse.lesenyeho - 2013-03-10 19:06

    it's high time the state deal with such thugs.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-10 19:33

    The "fleeing" owner got a tip off I guess !

  • Pete3730 - 2013-03-10 19:38

    Why is the owner running? Did he miss a payoff ?

      Dave Hardman - 2013-03-11 07:20

      He is not running, he has gone back to his day job, in parliament!

  • Lyborn Sithole - 2013-03-10 19:59

    eh kwala kaya kwala kundliwa swilo swa soo. crime has no bounderies indeed!!

  • Cecil James Currie - 2013-03-10 20:04

    Have these guys got no class or pride? I mean if they where Mercs I could maybe understand it

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-03-10 20:28

    OMG organised crime in rural area? Our country is in deep trouble this things wer only done in big cities but now lately they are everywhere.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-10 20:56

      The worst, darkest most heinous crimes are committed in rural areas. BMW parts is nothing compared to the body-parts traffic that goes on

  • Willem Wulfse - 2013-03-10 20:30

    Worst part is that most if not all of these high tech vehicles are hijacked as it is incredibly difficult to simply steal them.

  • Ntate Malebye - 2013-03-10 20:30

    Bayerishce Motoren Werke ... BMW ... causing havoc on South African roads for years , will continue to do so for many more ... crime vs unemployment vs poverty vs education vs corruption = Our biggest challenges , the latter being our biggest.

      Richard Stockenström - 2013-03-11 00:07

      WTF are you on about? *facepalm*

  • Hein Huyser - 2013-03-10 21:39

    Great job saps, now escalate your searches to the top brass, and then one higher etc till you get to the top. Lock him up

  • Jennifer Nda - 2013-03-10 23:31


  • Michael Dexter - 2013-03-11 02:47

    with 50 BMW motors found the question is;for how long has this yard been operating??

      Leanda Roux - 2013-08-23 03:04

      all the stolen bmw are drifting on the tracks as race cars, its the one industry where it is not controlled, the police should check all the car on the tracks, many illegal imports out there, hint hint

  • Brian Anthony - 2013-03-11 07:19

    Now I have to use the stealer(dealer)ships for spares........

  • Tshepo Maganedisa - 2013-03-11 08:19

    The strange part is most of the readers are acting surprised while they are the one buying those parts, crime would never be this big if there were no buyers or supporters but because of the buyers we will always find ourselves in this situations

  • Benjamin Ndambi - 2013-03-11 08:33

    Funny thing is these guys are funded by us consumers. If you are found driving a stolen vehicle that you "bought" you shuld be as guilty as the car thief himself! I know a guy who had his car confisticated coz the chassis number didnt correspond with the engine number, he never bothered to recover the car coz he knew it was a stolen vehicle. after a few weeks he was driving another vehicle that he "bought" from somewhere.

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2013-03-11 10:32

    Specialst = wrong Specialist = correct At least try to get it right

  • Leanda Roux - 2013-08-23 03:05

    all the stolen bmw are drifting on the tracks as race cars, its the one industry where it is not controlled, the police should check all the car on the tracks, many illegal imports out there, hint hint, spinning is huge, drifting too, no man in his right mind will do that to a legally purchased car!!!!

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