Joburg man arrested for hijacking truck with 280 TVs

JANUARY 6, 2015

A 41-year-old man was arrested in Florida for allegedly taking part in the hijacking of a truck that was transporting television sets from KZN to Johannesburg.

The alleged hijacking happened in Heidelberg shortly after midnight on Monday morning. About two hundred and eighty (280) TV's were recovered. A jamming device and three vehicles were also seized.

A manhunt has been launched for about nine other suspects.

It is reported that while driving on the N3, the driver of the truck was accosted by two armed men. They pointed him with firearms and subsequently took control of the truck. It is not clear how the suspects boarded the truck.

Early this morning the police were tipped off about the location of the truck. They found the truck in a former business premises in Roodepoort.

About nine suspects, who were busy offloading the tv's from the hijacked truck, scattered into different directions as they fled on foot. The arrested suspect apparently fled the scene driving in a minibus, which was amongst the vehicles that the police seized. He was caught while driving in Florida.

The suspect will be charged with hijacking and possession of stolen property. He will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court soon. -SAPS