Police recover hijacked bread truck in Clayville

Two men have been arrested by members of the SAPS’ Flying Squad for possession of a hijacked truck.

According to the Ivory Park SAPS communications officer, Captain Bernard Matimulane, the two were arrested in Clayville minutes after the truck, which was delivering bread, was hijacked by a group of men in Kaalfontein at about noon on October 23.

“The police, responding to information dispatched via police’s emergency centre, spotted the truck, with two occupants, and gave chase. They arrested the two men, aged 25 and 38. The victim was found locked in the back of the truck.

“Police could not immediately confirm the existence of a sedan which was alleged to have been used in following the truck until it was hijacked. What was immediately established was that the bakery’s depot is in the Vaal area and that the arrested suspects are from the same region of Gauteng,” said Matimulane.

Matimulane said the two suspects have been detained at the Ivory Park SAPS and are expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court soon to answer to charges of possession of hijacked motor vehicle.

“Further investigations into whether the two may be involved in other criminal activities are ongoing,” he said.

The station commander of Ivory Park SAPS, Brigadier David Mbongeni Ngcobo, thanked the police officers for a job well done, for the speed with which two of the suspects were arrested and for the recovery of the truck and some of its cargo.

“The fact that these men travelled more than halfway across the province clearly showed that had they not been immediately arrested, chances are it would have been difficult to arrest them. Our police officers will leave no stone unturned as we try to probe any criminal activities they may have been involved in,” said Ngcobo.

Jantji Ngwenyama

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