Limpopo Hawks nab suspected cross-border vehicle smuggler

2018-12-21 21:13
Outside the Hawks building. (Gallo Images)

Outside the Hawks building. (Gallo Images)

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The Hawks in Limpopo arrested a 37-year-old man on Friday, who is believed to be involved in a cross-border vehicle smuggling syndicate.

A search for a second suspect, who ran away after a high-speed car chase, is under way, according to provincial Hawks spokesperson captain Matimba Maluleke.

Maluleke said the arrest followed a joint operation by the Hawks and Crime Intelligence which related to two vehicles that were reported stolen in Gauteng and which were en route to Zimbabwe.

He explained: "The Hawks acted swiftly on intelligence received regarding two vehicles (a Ford Everest and Chevrolet Cruze) that were allegedly stolen in Gauteng province [and were] en route to Zimbabwe.

PICS: Syndicate using donkeys to smuggle luxury cars into Zimbabwe

"The vehicles were recovered at Hendrik Verwoerd Tunnel near Musina on Friday morning following a high-speed chase. One suspect managed to get away."

He said officers were busy tracing the exact location where the vehicles were stolen.

The arrested man is expected to appear in the Makhado Magistrate's Court.

Last week, Limpopo police arrested a Zimbabwean and two Ugandan nationals after they were allegedly caught transporting a stolen luxury vehicle and other goods in a closed truck. It was suspected that the truck was en route to Zimbabwe.

READ MORE: Police intercept truck heading for Zimbabwe border with stolen goods worth millions

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