Two officers from Tshwane and Johannesburg Metro Police were detained for truck hijacking on the N12 motorway at Kingsway Road yesterday, August 19, together with 11 other suspects.
Officers received information regarding a truck hijacking on the N12, according to Gauteng police spokesperson Col Dimakatso Nevhuhulwi.
A team of members from the Provincial Severe and Violent Crimes Unit, the Tactical Response Team, the Middelburg Flying Squad, the Johannesburg K9, the CAP Specialised Unit, and Fidelity Specialised Services strategically positioned themselves on the N12.
“A convoy of vehicles with a truck with the same description given was noticed. Operational takedown was executed and police arrested 13 suspects, seizing five Sedan vehicles, two firearms, a jamming device and a hijacked truck with stock worth approximately R3 200 000.” Police also found metro police apparel.
According to Nevhuhulwi, two of the vehicles have been positively identified as stolen in the Olifantsfontein and Sebenza cases.
The suspects have been charged with truck hijacking, possession of unlicensed firearms, hijacked vehicles and jamming devices. “Police investigations continue as suspects maybe linked to other cases,” said Nevhuhulwi.
Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the Provincial Commissioner of Police in Gauteng, praised the crew for their outstanding performance.
All suspects are scheduled to appear in court soon.