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Thieves arrested after driving into a wall in early morning police car chase

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 22, 2017
Thieves arrested after driving into a wall in early morning police car chase

Two alleged thieves were arrested by Uitenhage police early on Wednesday morning after they struck a street signpost and drove into a wall as they tried to escape from pursuing police officers.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart, inside the car, police found stolen clothes valued at over R30 000-00.

“Members from the OCC in Uitenhage were busy conducting high visibility patrols in the CBD this morning, on Wednesday, when just after midnight, they noticed a suspicious black Ford Fiesta with two male occupants travelling down Caledon Street, Uitenhage, with the lights of their vehicle lights turned off. 

“Police officers turned their vehicle around and followed the said vehicle. That was when the driver of the black Ford Fiesta sped off after noticing police officers and ignored several red traffic lights.

“Police members gave chase and the driver of the vehicle turned down in Thornhill Street, Uitenhage, lost control of the vehicle and struck a signpost and drove into a wall.”

She said that bundles of clothing still with their tags were found inside the vehicle. 

“An official from a local security company joined the officials on the scene and informed them that the suspects allegedly broke into a business situated in Caledon Street, Uitenhage, and stole the clothing.  Both suspects (aged 23 and 24 years old) were arrested on the scene.

“The two male suspects were detained on charges ranging from the possession of suspected stolen goods, housebreaking and theft at a business premises and reckless and negligent driving," Captain Swart said. 

“Both suspects did receive medical treatment and are due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, on the charges of theft.”

Captain Gerda Swart said that the Cluster Commander of Uitenhage, Brigadier Ronald Koll commended the members from the Operational Command Centre and said: “When operational duties are directed and coordinated, arrests are affected to clamp down on property related crimes. 

 “The main objective of the OCC in this cluster remains to be visible, with the intent to clamp down on crime effectively."