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Two men busted with stolen vehicle after running out of petrol

Nov 27, 2017
Two men busted with stolen vehicle after running out of petrol

The SAPS' Safer Festive Season operations continue to yield results. This is after officers attached to the Despatch SAPS arrested two suspects, aged 18 and 24 years old, for the possession of a presumed stolen vehicle.

"Vigilant police officials were busy with high visibility patrols in the Main Road of Despatch, at about 00:15 on Monday morning, when they noticed a young man walking with a can of petrol to a bakkie, that was parked in the Main Road of Despatch. 

"Members immediately turned their vehicle around and drove to the bakkie where they found two males.  Whilst the one police official was enquiring about their vehicle problems, his passenger tested the bakkie," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"Through thorough and responsive investigations, the members discovered that the vehicle was stolen on 24 November 2017 in Kwadwesi. 

"The two suspects, aged 18 and 24-years-old were arrested on the spot on a charge of possession of a presumed stolen vehicle."

Captain Swart said that the vehicle, a 1994 Ford Courier, was also confiscated by the Vehicle Crime Identification Unit of SAPS. 

The two suspects are due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, on a charge of possession of a presumed stolen vehicle.

"Relentless efforts by SAPS members to advance in combatting the theft of motor vehicles are also paying dividends, with the recovery of this presumed stolen vehicle," she said. 

"The South African Police Service wants to encourage the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and they appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects involved in crime. 

"Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime.  Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211."