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East sting operation nabs two suspected motorbike thieves

The suspects have been linked to other crimes, according to police.

Law enforcement authorities in Pretoria east set up a sting operation on the R21 highway near Goede Hoop Avenue in Doringkloof on April 10, where two suspects were nabbed and two stolen motorbikes recovered.

The operation was set in motion following a tip-off to Lyttelton police, Tshwane metro police K-9 unit, CSI security and other security companies.

According to Tshwane police acting district spokesperson Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot, the intelligence gathered indicated that the suspects in the theft of motorbikes were operating in the area.

“Police were determined to catch them in the act,” said Lightfoot.

He said they set up a trap where they were able to apprehend two suspects and recovered two stolen motorbikes in the process.

“As per information received, the suspects were utilising a blue Toyota Hilux and blue Lexus RX SUV to commit the crimes,” he said.

The suspects were spotted travelling on Nellmapius Road.

Lightfoot said police put their plan into action to stop the vehicles.

He said the Lexus drove away at high speed “leading to a chase down Goede Hoop Avenue and eventual halt on Delmas road (M50)” where the driver was arrested.

He said the Hilux driver obeyed the order to stop and was apprehended.

The vehicle hauled a suspected stolen Honda motorcycle, which has been seized.

In a trailer hauled by the Lexus, a KTM off-road motorcycle was recovered.

He said that all relevant authorities were present to handle the situation and ensure that the scene was processed appropriately.

Lightfoot added that all evidence was collected and secured, and the suspects were taken into custody.

“The suspects and vehicles are linked to multiple cases of motorcycle theft, and other crimes in Lyttelton, Wiedabrug and Eladurspark,” he said.

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