PARKTOWN – Police from West Rand K9 received information to be on the lookout for a vehicle believed to be involved in the courier truck hijacking in West Rand today, 24 November 2020.
While the K9 members were patrolling they identified the VW Polo Classic vehicle on Main Reef Road towards Johannesburg with three occupants inside. A chase ensued and the suspects started shooting at the police; the police returned fire and managed to intercept the vehicle. The vehicle was subsequently searched and stolen property, believed to have been stolen from the hijacked truck, was recovered in the vehicle; the three suspects, aged 34, 39 and 45-years, have been arrested.
During the arrest police also seized two unlicensed firearms believed to have been used in the commission of the truck hijacking. The firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to determine whether they might be linked to other crimes committed.
At the moment, the suspects are facing a charge of truck hijacking and possession of unlicensed firearms.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate Court soon.