KZN cigarette hijackers to appear in court

2016-07-08 12:05
Constable Kishen Giani, constable Lyndon Rayner Goodman and warrant officer Kenneth Glover with cigarettes recovered from a kwaCele robbery. (KZN SAPS)

Constable Kishen Giani, constable Lyndon Rayner Goodman and warrant officer Kenneth Glover with cigarettes recovered from a kwaCele robbery. (KZN SAPS)

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Durban - Three men who were arrested for allegedly hijacking a British American Tobacco delivery vehicle are expected to appear at the Scottsburgh Magistrate's Court on July 28, the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal said on Friday.

KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said the men appearing in court on Thursday faced charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said that on July 7, a BAT VW Caddy was delivering cigarettes to a store in KwaCele, Scottsburgh, when the driver, 31, was allegedly held up by two armed suspects.

The men fled with thousands of rands worth of cigarettes, money, and a cellphone.

"It is alleged that the driver was returning to his vehicle after delivering cigarettes at the store, which is next to the Dududu main road in KwaCele. Two suspects held him up with a gun and one of the suspects drove off in the Caddy, taking the driver along with them.

"As they turned into a side dirt road, they demanded money and the panic button from the driver who said that he did not have either. The suspects’ accomplices were in a VW Jetta which was loaded with several cartons of cigarettes.”

High speed chase

Zwane said once the vehicle was fully packed, the remaining cartons were left on the side of the road. The suspects drove off with the VW Caddy, before abandoning it on a dirt road and fleeing in a Jetta, leaving the driver behind.

On Thursday, around 14:30, after receiving information about the suspects, the police waited on the N2 freeway in Umkomaas, said Zwane.

"As the VW Jetta and a white Toyota Quantum taxi passed, a high speed chase ensued. Police managed to pull the taxi over at Winklespruit, but the Jetta was lost in the high speed chase.

"The driver of the taxi and his two passengers were placed under arrest and the taxi was impounded."

Zwane said all the stolen cigarettes were recovered in the taxi.

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