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Courier truck hijacked by fake traffic cops on the N2 highway near Thornhill

Feb 6, 2019
Courier truck hijacked by fake traffic cops on the N2 highway near Thornhill

Police have launched a manhunt for at least four bogus traffic officers following the a hijacking of a courier truck on the N2 highway, outside Thornhill on Wednesday.

"At around 07:00am, the 35-year-old driver of a courier service truck alleged that he was driving on N2 highway from George on the way to Port Elizabeth with his assistant," said police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"He further said that while he was driving approaching Hankey and Thornhill turn-off, he noticed two white motor vehicles, a Volkswagen Polo and a Ford Ikon allegedly branded with traffic insignia parked near the roadside.

"Two of the 'officers' dressed in official traffic uniforms signalled for him to pull off the road.

"He further said that one of the 'officers' approached the truck in what seemed to be a normal routine check and demanded for a driving licence."

Bogus traffic officer pulled out a firearm 

According to Sgt Nkohli, while that was happening, the 'traffic officer' pulled out a firearm and demanded that both the driver and his assistant get out of the truck.

"The suspects then ushered the two victims at gunpoint into the back of the Ikon and while inside the vehicle, they were told to keep their heads down," he said.

"Two suspects in traffic uniform drove off with them in the Ikon.

"It is said that the two suspects drove them to a bushy area near Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, where they were tied with cable ties."

The suspects waited for about 20 minutes with victims, before they sped off in the Ikon leaving the victims behind.

Sgt Nkohli said that the victims managed to walk to the nearest road, where they flagged down a passing motorist.

"They were given a lift to Ikamvelihle Police Station in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth."

He said that a short while later, police recovered a courier truck abandoned on the Rocklands Road with the backdoor open and with a few boxes inside.

"At this stage, it is unclear what was stolen in the truck, but two victims’ cellphones and wallets were stolen," Sgt Nkohli said.

"Police are investigating a case of hijacking and with a possibility of additional charges at the later stage of the investigation.

"Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the investigating officer, Detective Lieutenant Colonel Willie Mayi at 082 697 5914 or to anonymously share information via Crime Stop at 08600 10111."

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