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Suspect arrested minutes after hijacking in Bluewater Bay

Aug 20, 2018
Suspect arrested minutes after hijacking in Bluewater Bay

Port Elizabeth police on Monday swiftly arrested a hijacking suspect and recovered a white Nissan NP200 delivery vehicle at the parking lot at Pick n Pay, Bluewater Bay.

"At about 10:30, the 28-year-old driver and his 24-year-old passenger were about to deliver boxes of skin care products when they were approached by two armed suspects," described police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"They demanded the vehicle and took the passenger with them in the bakkie and sped away, leaving the driver behind.

"After the SAPS were alerted of the hijack and abduction, Swartkops police members found the passenger in Jijana Street, Wells Estate, where he was dropped off by the robbers."

He said that a quick search in the area resulted in the bakkie being found at 10:50 in the bushes of Wells Estate.

"As police approached it, four suspects jumped out and fled in different directions," Capt Beetge said.

"The SAPS members managed to arrest one of them, a 38 year old male.

"It is suspected that a second silver coloured unknown bakkie was also involved by the suspects, and police are searching for it."

The cargo comprising of about 45 boxes of skin care products were missing from the delivery vehicle.

Any person with information that could assist police in the investigation can contact Swartkops detectives at 041 8341 or 8318 or 8303 or 08600 10111.