Suspected members of hijacking syndicate nabbed

Henry

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) have arrested two suspects who are believed to be part of a syndicate that hijacks trucks in KwaZulu-Natal.

Members of the unit received a tip on Friday around 16:00 that five men in a white Toyota Corolla were tampering with a refrigeration trailer on the R102 next to the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA).

According to a post on Rusa’s Facebook page, all available response officers were called to the scene.

“Upon their arrival, four men drove away in the white Toyota Corolla. A fifth man ran after the vehicle on foot in an attempt to bring the getaway vehicle to a halt.”

Response officers were then divided into two groups. One team pursued the getaway vehicle while the second team pursued the man who fled on foot.

“The first suspect was apprehended about 500 meters from the trailer. He was found in possession of an unlicensed 9 mm pistol, a mobile phone and bank cards.

“During a preliminary investigation, messages about the hijackings and drop-off locations of trucks were found on the suspect’s cell phone. Several videos of the suspects recorded inside truck cabs were also found in the phones’ media gallery.”

The getaway vehicle was later recovered – after a high speed chase – on Old Main Road in Canelands. The driver was apprehended shortly after leaving the vehicle. He told responding officers that he responded to an e-call (e-hailing) company was employed and used by the hijackers to pick them up and drop them off at various locations.

The owner of the trailer arrived shortly afterwards and informed officers that his driver and conductor had been hijacked by five men in a white Toyota Corolla.

“A second set of license plates was found in the trunk. An extensive search in the surrounding areas was conducted for the remaining suspects, but no further arrests were made,” reads the post on Rusa’s Facebook page.