Trailer with stolen bicycle parts found in New Hanover

2015-10-19 11:15
New Hanover police Constable Prince Mzolo and Constable Nomty Xulu at the container containing bicycle parts found near a plantation on Friday.

New Hanover police Constable Prince Mzolo and Constable Nomty Xulu at the container containing bicycle parts found near a plantation on Friday. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Vigilant police work yielded a major find and two arrests for separate cases that officers have been investigating since early this year.

In the first case on Friday last week, New Hanover police made a “substantial recovery” of stolen goods while on their regular patrols. Constable Prince Mzolo and Constable Nomty Xulu were patrolling near a plantation at New Hanover when they came across a large container still attached to a trailer that was abandoned on the side of a gravel road.

The constables circulated the details of the trailer and with the assistance of the Organised Crime Unit, established the truck and trailer were hijacked on the Howick off-ramp on September 22 this year. At that time of the hijacking, the driver of the truck was found tied in the horse of the truck in Amanzimtoti.

Further investigation revealed the contents of the trailer were recovered earlier this month at a warehouse in Portland Road, Mkondeni. Several boxes of bicycle parts were recovered there.

On Friday, the two constables found the remaining boxes of bicycle parts in the abandoned 22-metre container.

The value of the recovered property has not been ascertained as yet, said Pietermaritzburg police spokeswoman Gay Ebrahim.

“Police are communicating with the owner of the trailer, and the investigation continues,” Ebrahim said.

Also on Friday, two men wanted by Eastern Cape police were arrested in the Mooi River area.

Ntabakulu police in the Eastern Cape were looking for two suspects linked to an armed robbery and assault case that was opened in March this year.

The suspects escaped the province and fled to KZN where they have since been hiding from police.

Last week, information was received that the suspects were working and living in the Nottingham Road policing precinct.

Acting on the information, Warrant Officer Marius van der Schyff and Detective Warrant Officer Jabulani Mchunu armed themselves with warrants of arrest received from police in the Eastern Cape and proceeded to track the two men.

The two men, aged 19 and 22, were arrested on Friday.

Acting uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham commended the officers for their swift action.

Bantham said police are adopting a zero tolerance approach whereby criminals will have no place to hide

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