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R1.8m worth of stolen tyres recovered, former police officer arrested

Investigations led police officers to a house in Umgababa where they recovered the tyres and a cellphone belonging to the driver who was hijacked.

AN intelligence-driven operation, conducted by Pinetown police, led to the recovery of 80 tyres worth R1.8m that were stolen during a hijacking on Sunday, August 22.

The truck driver was travelling along the M7 to join the N3 highway to Johannesburg when he was hijacked by four men.

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Two suspects, aged 29 and 34, were arrested the following day.

Pinetown SAPS communications officer, Capt Bongumusa Manqele said police investigations led them to a house in Umgababa where they recovered the tyres and a cellphone belonging to the driver who was hijacked.

“The two suspects, one of whom is an ex police officer appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday, September 7 and they were denied bail. The second suspect was further charged for being in the country illegally,” said Manqele.


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