A multi-disciplinary operation held on Monday in the Pietermaritzburg, Plessislaer and surrounding areas, led to the recovery of stolen motor vehicles and various stolen goods.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said it is alleged that on Monday, September 13, at 5pm, three armed people entered a store on Church Street in Pietermaritzburg and took a number of cellphones and fled the scene.
“Police officials formed a ring of steel around Pietermaritzburg when they received information of the stolen goods and traced cellphones to a house in Plessislaer.
“Upon their arrival, the suspects saw the police approaching and fled between the houses. The cellphones, worth R980 000, along with two bicycles were recovered at the said house,” said Mbele.
She said while the police were at the scene, they received a complaint of vehicles that was hijacked in the Ixopo area.
Mbele said the said vehicles were spotted along Umlaas Road and when the criminals saw the police vehicle approaching, they abandoned the vehicles and fled the scene on foot. Both the hijacked vehicles were seized by police.
The criminals are still being sought by police.