Truck-tyre thief arrested in Clairwood, KZN

Picture: iStock/ TheCrimsonRibbon
Picture: iStock/ TheCrimsonRibbon

A man believed to be a member of an armed gang in Clairwood was arrested on Thursday morning for stealing tyres from trucks in the area.  

Andreas Mathios, Blue Security spokesperson, said the successful arrest occurred after a trucking company had been robbed earlier by the gang of four people, three of whom were armed.

Mathios said the robbers had gained access to the trucking company premises and tied up the guards and other employees on duty. He said three of the robbers were armed, two with firearms and one with a knife. 

“After tying up the onsite security guard and the three employees, the gang proceeded to remove the tyres and rims off the trucks, also causing damage to the vehicles in the process.”

Mathios said the robbers escaped with eight truck tyres and rims in a white bakkie. He said the four victims' cellphones were also stolen during the incident. 

"Unaware of the earlier armed robbery, a patrolling Blue Security armed-response officer noticed a white Mitsubishi bakkie driving in the area laden down with truck tyres.

"Knowing that there had been a number of incidents in the Clairwood area of businesses being targeted for truck tyres and accessories, the officer proceeded to follow the suspicious vehicle.

“When he tried to flag the vehicle down the driver of the bakkie attempted to accelerate and flee the area. 

"Fortunately, the weight of the truck tyres slowed the getaway vehicle down and the suspects then drove into an industrial area that was surrounded by informal settlements and attempted to flee on foot," he said. 

Mathios said the officer gave chase, caught and successfully apprehended the driver. Backup was called and the Brighton Beach SAPS arrived a short while later to assist. 

He said one robber was taken to the Brighton Beach police station and charged with armed robbery. 

“The passenger in the apprehended vehicle managed to escape arrest and the other suspects in a second vehicle are also still at large,” said Mathios.

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