Two Tshwane metro cops were arrested, along with a third individual, believed to be an accomplice. According to IOL, they face charges of truck hijacking on the R21 highway in Gauteng.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Kelebogile Thepa, spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD), these three individuals are part of a truck hijacking syndicate operating along the busy highway.
The TMPD officers, dressed in their police uniforms, attracted suspicion when they were spotted on the R21 in Ekurhuleni by alert EMPD officers. They travelled in a stolen grey BMW 3 series vehicle fitted with blue police lights.
The EMPD officers conducted a vehicle enquiry check and discovered that the BMW was stolen and recovered. They then interrogated the TMPD officers.
During this confrontation, the third alleged accomplice, driving in a truck, sped away upon spotting the EMPD officers. A high-speed chase ensued, resulting in the suspect abandoning the vehicle along the R21 southbound before the R562 off-ramp.
The truck’s original driver, who had been abducted during the hijacking, reached a police station in the Bapsfontein area and reported the incident.
The EMPD officers, with the assistance of the Gauteng Department of Community Safety and SAPS helicopters, pursued and apprehended the man driving the truck.
Preliminary reports indicate that the three suspects face charges of truck hijacking and possession of suspected stolen goods. They are at the Olifantsfontein police station, and the truck has been seized for further processing.
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