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Police arrest alleged car theft syndicate member after three-hour chase

According to police the suspect is part of a vehicle theft syndicate that operates between the provinces of Gauteng and Limpopo.

Police recovered a Toyota Hilux GD6 Legend 50 and a 43-year-old man was arrested in Welbekend, Tshwane this week after an intense high speed chase from the R37.

The chase began about three hours away from Bronkhorstspruit.

Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba said police following up on intelligence in Polokwane had tracked down the vehicle reported stolen from a Limpopo parking spot.

Mashaba said on Tuesday, November 21 at around 18:00, the motor vehicle allegedly was stolen from a parking lot in the Polokwane CBD.

Toyota Hilux GD6 Legend 50 retrieved in Tshwane =after chase from R37 provincial route. Photo: SAPS.

“A team comprising Limpopo tracking police, as well as the murder and robbery unit were immediately activated to follow the lead of the stolen vehicle.”

He said a vehicle tracking company informed the team that the vehicle was on the R37 road to Lebowakgomo.

This 43- year-old suspect was nabbed and the stolen Toyota Hilux GD6 Legend 50 retrieved in Tshwane after a chase from the R37. Photo: SAPS.

When police sighted the vehicle, a chase ensued.

Mashaba said the team was joined by the SPS High Risk and Tshimollo Security Investigations private security companies, as well as the Gauteng Police Organised Crime Investigation Unit.

“The two private security companies joined the chase, backing up the tracking team driving via Marble Hall and proceeded to the R25 road to Bronkhorstspruit.”

He said police stopped the vehicle in Welbekend in Pretoria along the R25 towards Kempton Park and arrested the driver.

“Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect belongs to a vehicle theft syndicate that operates between the provinces of Gauteng and Limpopo.”

He said police were also hot on the heels of the remaining syndicate members.

“The suspect is charged with possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle at Welbekend and will be charged again in Polokwane for theft of the motor vehicle.”

He said the multi-disciplinary operation yielded great success and the suspect was expected to appear before Benoni Magistrate’s Court in the week.

The matter will then be transferred to a Polokwane court.

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