Suspected cars-to-order syndicate bust

2012-07-05 14:06

Johannesburg - Five men, thought to be part of a car theft syndicate, have been arrested in Garsfontein, Pretoria police said on Thursday.

The men were arrested on Wednesday when patrolling police stopped and searched a vehicle which had been reported as stolen, Warrant Officer Annabel Middleton said.

"Police found several items used for car breaking inside the vehicle."

The men were expected to appear in the Hatfield Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The cars-to-order syndicate was believed to operate from Soweto, The Star reported on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, the men, all of them from Soweto, were found in possession of a Toyota master key and a system modulator override which, once plugged in, would override any car security system, such as immobilisers and alarms.

Police also recovered old engine computer boxes, keys, four cellphones, licence plates and screwdrivers.

The cellphones reportedly contained several MMS picture messages of cars with question marks next to them.

The Star reported that sources close to the investigation believed this was the way the cars were identified and "ordered".

Middelton could not immediately confirm the newspaper's information.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-07-05 14:15

    Great stuff!! Hats off for the Blue Team. Pity they weren't shot as we will have to foot the bill to keep them comfortable for the next couple of years.

      martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-07-05 14:33

      johan you are 100% correct

      procold2 - 2012-07-05 14:33

      na johan i disagree, dave has my vote here.

      leon.puth - 2012-07-05 14:52

      Johan. lets not assume that these hijackers arent known to kill and injure. governments have fallen following talk around the braai, so i share Dave's sentiment and frustration.

      gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-07-05 15:00

      Johan & Martin have you ever been hyjacked? - Obviously not! These bastards are probably part of a hyjack syndicate, getting shot dead for a car....? I was lucky.... Dave you also have my vote - Shoot them!

      Johan - 2012-07-05 16:00

      TO Gary, Twice nearly. I agree with self defense, Not with killing suspects when they can be arrested.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-05 16:21

      they will be back out before 2020 stealin yo car johan, hopefully not with you in it. thats where the problem lies, i believe in arresting petty criminals, but dangerous ones shouldnt leave the crime scene without a few holes

  • martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-07-05 14:31

    I would like a red ferrari?

      FirstSeed - 2012-07-05 14:34

      Aston Martin please

      jowza1 - 2012-07-05 14:57

      ford cortina with a naarjie on the aerial 4 me please

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-05 15:08

      I would like to see the 4 of you in jail with them

      jowza1 - 2012-07-05 15:24

      anton.i would like to see you get a sense of humour

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-05 16:22

      ford ka please okes, with one times spoiler and some rude spinners

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-05 14:57

    There is always a white man or Indian behind every luxury carjacking.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-05 15:01

      is it your brothers name tom

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-07-05 15:19

      Jowza I know what I am talking about, the problem is the cops will arrest the hijackers and will not follow the trail. The syndicates somehow manage to ship them to Mozambique,Tanzania,Congo etc. Do you think all those ordered cars will be in the street of Soweto?

      Michaele - 2012-07-05 15:19

      Jerry, I have yet to see a White or Indian operate from Soweto!!

      Rico Meyer - 2012-07-05 15:58

      jerry.medina.756 that is just racists

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-05 16:26

      i agre with jerry, these cars probably are not for the local market, into shipping containers and off to a country where they dont get those models, like we dont get some of the cool cars mozam and swaziland get for example. regular jacking here is for spares most likely, for the taxi industry or the rich local syndicate okes, but only after a fair amount of chopping.

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-07-05 19:04

      How many white folk do you see in Soweto? All the suspects were from there. Chop.

  • Cosmic - 2012-07-05 15:15

    Well Done Garsfontein SAPS !! Hopefully these are the same b@stards stealing our cars in the Moot!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-05 15:20

    no doubt they've murdered to get what they want - they are not JUST thieves!!!

  • EmperorNemisis - 2012-07-05 15:48

    Let them out, and a soon as they start running, shoot them! Shoot to kill and make sure that each and every animal dies. If you have no respect for the ownership of others, then others should have no respect for your ownership of your own life!

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-05 17:35


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