Cops on hunt for Cape Town cigarette heist gang

2016-04-07 19:00
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Cape Town - Police are on the hunt for an unknown number of suspects who were involved in a cigarette van heist in Brackenfell on Thursday.

One 20-year-old suspect was detained shortly before 09:00 after four men hit the delivery vehicle as it delivered stock at the Fairbridge Mall, police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said in a statement.

A gold Honda Ballade carrying the armed men stopped next to the van and two suspects got out. One of the men then pointed a gun at the driver.

"They bundled him into the back [of the van] and drove off," he said.

"They then stopped after a short distance along William Dabs Road, where a white Isuzu LDV, Toyota Camry and the earlier mentioned gold Honda surrounded [them as well as an] unknown number of suspects. After emptying the LDV, the suspects fled the scene leaving behind the victim and his vehicle.”

The driver was able to flag for assistance from security guards near the mall.

"They drove around the area in search of the suspects and the Isuzu LDV was then spotted, leading to the apprehension of one suspect. The others managed to get away on foot."

Van Wyk confirmed that several boxes of cigarettes had been recovered and the abandoned LDV was impounded.

The suspect was expected in the Kuils River Magistrate's Court soon on a hijacking charge, he said.

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