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Goods worth R750 000 recovered in Hankey after East London-bound truck hijacked in Port Alfred

MARCH 17, 2017
Goods worth R750 000  recovered in Hankey after East London-bound truck hijacked in Port Alfred

Several boxes containing biscuits, coffee, chips, etc, worth more than R750 000, were recovered by police from a residential home in Splinter Street, Hankey, in the early hours of  Thursday morning. 

"The boxes was allegedly on a Nissan truck and trailer that was destined for delivery in East London, on Wednesday night," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"It is alleged that the driver of a Nissan truck and trailer was underway to East London with a delivery, when the truck was forced off the road, close to Port Alfred, by a Silver Toyota Corolla, with six armed men in the vehicle. 

"The suspects took control over the truck and drove off with it towards Hankey."

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck forced into the Corolla and the suspects dropped him off later that night, in the Main Road of Despatch. 

"The suspects removed the groceries at a home in Splinter Street, Hankey and afterwards drove back in the direction of Port Elizabeth and abandoned the truck on the Rocklands Road, outside Uitenhage, at about 01:00, on Thursday morning," said Captain Swart. 

"Police members in Uitenhage recovered the abandoned truck and the necessary role players were alerted about the hijacked truck that was found."  

She said that after thorough investigations, members from the Port Elizabeht Hijacking Task team set out to Hankey and with the assistance of SAPS Hankey the recovery was made. 

"Groceries to the value of R750 000 were confiscated.  Detectives are following up on leads and arrests are imminent," Captain Swart advised. 

"The Port Elizabeth Hijacking Task team are investigating cases of hijacking and possession of suspected stolen goods."

Newly appointed, Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John le Bok, commended the team for the successful recovery of the stolen property and said: “let us keep up the good work in our strive to combat crime and ensure a safe and secure environment for all. 

"We will know follow up on all leads and gather crucial evidence that can link the suspects to the crime."