Alleged truck hijacking kingpin nabbed in Tembisa

The goods recovered included Hisense and Samsung TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and Eskom uniforms.


An alleged kingpin involved in truck hijackings was arrested in Tembisa on March 14, the Tembisan reports.

Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson, said a special joint operation, comprising the EMPD Public Order Task Team, EMPD Community Liaison Unit, JMPD K9 Unit and JMPD Region E members, as well as Magma Investigators, rounded up seven suspects suspected of truck hijackings.

They recovered goods valued at thousands of rands in Kelvin.

The JMPD Region E officers received information of a hijacked Renault Sandero from the Rentrak tracking company. The vehicle was tracked to Eastbank in Alexandra. One suspect found with metro police uniforms was arrested.

The metro police uniforms seized from the suspects. Photograph: EMPD.

“The suspect admitted to being involved in truck hijackings. Members of the EMPD Public Order Policing Task Team and JMPD K9 were activated for back-up,” said Kgasago.

An alleged kingpin was picked up in Tembisa and further investigations led the police to Spartan Road in Kelvin where six suspects were arrested when found offloading goods from a hijacked truck with a Lyttleton case number.

The goods recovered included Hisense and Samsung TVs, refrigerators, washing machines and Eskom uniforms.

One suspect was charged in Alexandra for possession of a hijacked vehicle and possession of police uniforms, while the rest were detained at the Sandton Police Station for possession of stolen property.

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