Half-baked hijacking flops after cops turn up the heat

2016-07-17 17:15
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Durban - A man suspected of hijacking a bakery truck, and taking the driver along with him, has been arrested in Umlazi, Kwazulu-Natal police said.

"Our detectives will work hard in tracing the other two suspects who are still at large," acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa said in a statement.

The arrest of the 28-year-old man took place on Friday morning, shortly after the driver of a bakery truck that was delivering bread in H section, Umlazi was held up at gunpoint by three men.

"He was allegedly forced into the back of his truck at gunpoint and the suspects drove away."

After the police were notified, they soon spotted the truck and moved to stop it.

"The occupants started to open fire towards the [police] members and the members retaliated."

One hijacker was then arrested but the other two escaped.

The driver was rescued, and the truck recovered.  An unlicensed 9mm pistol with 11 live rounds of ammunition were seized.

The suspect will face charges of armed robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition when he appears in the Umlazi Magistrate’s court on Monday.

Langa said that police would also be investigating whether he was linked to other hijackings in the area.

"The recovered firearm will be sent for ballistic tests to determine if it was used in any other crime in the province."

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