South Africa: Six Nabbed Within an Hour of Truck Hijacking and Two Firearms Recovered

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Police on Wednesday afternoon, 20 November 2019, arrested six suspects near Carnival City Casino in Brakpan, and recovered two illegal firearms and a jamming device, hardly two hours after a logistics truck was hijacked in Kempton Park.

Preliminary reports suggest that a truck loaded with cargo - clothing and electronic devices with an estimated value of about R4 million, left a warehouse in Pomona, Kempton Park between 11:00 and 11:30 this morning. At around midday, vehicle tracking company, Tracker agents picked up a jamming signal and immediately activated a response team.

Tracker teamed up with private security and with the assistance of the police, located the truck at a filing station near the Carnival City Casino. A white Nisan Almera and a red/maroon Hyundai i10 were allegedly escorting the truck. On noticing the approaching police vehicle, the two suspicious vehicles sped off and there was an exchange of fire as the suspects allegedly started firing shots at the Tracker agent and security officers. One suspect was wounded during the shootout and was rushed to hospital where he is under police guard.

Police cornered the Nissan Almera just over a kilometre away from the filling station on the Springs Road. The four occupants were arrested while police recovered two firearms.

Reports further suggest that the red/maroon vehicle sped off in the direction of Wattville. Police are searching for about four suspects who were in the Hyundai i10.

Police seized the Nissan Almera, two illegal firearms with ammunition, cellphones, and a jamming device.

A total of six suspects aged 28 to 65 were arrested and will face charges of attempted murder , possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition , possession of stolen property, possession of suspected hijacked truck, and contravention of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.

Gauteng Provincial Commissioner has commended the partnership between the Police, Tracker and private security that has yet again proven to play a valuable role in the strife to eradicate car and truck hijackings.

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