In a recent incident in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, the local police have successfully apprehended a 39-year-old woman for possession of stolen goods. The arrest came after a private safekeeping company vehicle was hijacked, leading to a swift response from the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).
According to Lieutenant Colonel Kelebogile Thepa, spokesperson for the EMPD, the robbers were unaware that the electronic gadgets they had stolen from the Toyota panel van were fitted with a tracking device. This crucial piece of technology enabled the authorities to recover the stolen goods in the Mfeyaneng section of Tembisa.
The incident unfolded when EMPD officers were on patrol along Andrew Mapheto Drive. Two security personnel from a well-known private safekeeping company approached them in a state of distress, explaining that they had just been robbed at gunpoint.
The hijackers had made off with a company’s Toyota panel van, which was loaded with electronic gadgets and medical equipment worth millions of rands. To make matters worse, the robbers were accompanied by a silver-grey Hyundai Getz.
Thanks to the tracking device, the signal led the officers to Vilakazi Street, where they discovered the stolen goods inside a house. The male suspects managed to escape by jumping over fences and fleeing on foot, leaving a female occupant with the loot. The stolen goods were found intact on the kitchen floor.
Further investigation revealed that the silver Hyundai Getz had also been reported as recently stolen. The female suspect, aged 39, was subsequently arrested and taken to the Tembisa South police station. She is now facing charges of possession of stolen goods and is expected to appear before the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court in the near future.
Meanwhile, the hunt is still on for the missing Toyota panel van and the remaining criminals involved in the hijacking. The recovered Hyundai Getz has been safely stored at the Naturena police yard. The authorities remain determined to bring all those responsible to justice.