Police in Calcutta, Mpumalanga, have launched a manhunt for four suspects who robbed a courier vehicle.
According to Brig. Police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said the police were called to the Tshabalala settlement at Hazyview on Wednesday afternoon where the vehicle had been robbed.
“The suspects robbed the driver and one occupant of the vehicle of electronic equipment, mobile phones, decoders, USB cables and other items. The shipment was then transferred from the courier vehicle into the car driven by the suspects,” says Mohlala.
The suspects then fled the scene with the stolen items and the police were informed of the incident.
“The police located a Suzuki Ertiga, matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle used during the robbery, in Calcutta that same afternoon at around 1:00 p.m.
“The police told the car’s driver to stop and all four occupants jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. They just left the car there.”
Police searched the car and found a Norinco pistol, the serial number of which had been filed off. The stolen goods were also found in the car.
The vehicle was seized and officers are working tirelessly to arrest the suspects. They will also try to locate the owner of the vehicle.
“Preliminary investigations so far do not indicate that the vehicle has been reported stolen.”
Mohlala says the established partnership between the police and other law enforcement agencies played a crucial role in this incident. Netstar Tracker Company provided valuable information to the police to trace the stolen goods.
Anyone with more information that could lead to the suspects’ arrest can call Stop Crime on 08600 10111.