Surprisingly, three men were arrested with a hijacked vehicle at the Witbank police station in Emalahleni, in Mpumalanga.
According to HeraldlLIVE, the trio, aged 32 to 47 years old, entered the police station premises on a seemingly ordinary Tuesday, driving a double cab Toyota Hilux bakkie. However, this visit was extraordinary because officers received a report that the vehicle had been hijacked back in November of the previous year in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.
Col Donald Mdluli, the spokesperson for the Mpumalanga police, reported that it was an observant police member stationed at the community service centre (CSC) who grew suspicious. The vehicle was parked, yet its occupants remained seated inside a peculiar sight.
Intrigued, the police officer approached the vehicle for a closer look, but as fate would have it, the driver hastily exited the car and fled the scene, leaving behind two bewildered passengers. This sudden departure raised immediate red flags.
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They confirmed that it was a hijacked vehicle upon further investigation.
Later in the day, at approximately 2 p.m., the driver returned to retrieve the vehicle. However, officers were waiting patiently for his return. This time, there was no hasty escape. The police apprehended him without incident.
The three suspects now find themselves facing charges related to the possession of a reportedly hijacked vehicle. Further investigations are underway to determine if there are any additional charges to add to their case.
Mpumalanga provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Daphney Manamela commended the vigilance of her officers, emphasizing the importance of their tireless dedication to duty. She stated, “As police in this province, we have adopted the slogan of not sleeping. This implies that we remain vigilant, hence the suspects were caught off-guard as they never thought someone was watching. We also want to tell members to keep up the good work. The community together with their properties are safe in the hands of the men and women in blue.”
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