PARKTOWN – Police in Gauteng responded swiftly to hijacking of two trucks transporting cell phones and latter recovered by police after a shoot out with the suspects.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Gauteng, Major General Patricia Rampota, said police responded to a double truck hijacking that turned into multiple scenes on, Tuesday afternoon, in Midrand where one suspect was fatally wounded, a second suspect injured, and a third one arrested.
The suspects will appear before the Midrand Magistrate Court, they are charged with attempted murder, possession of stolen property, and possession of hijacked trucks. More charges may be added with the possibility of more arrests, pending further investigations.
It is reported that two trucks transporting thousands of cellphones were on the K101 road when they were hijacked by an unconfirmed number of armed suspects travelling in three vehicles said Brigadier Mathapelo Peters SAPS Gauteng
Mathapelo added, police were called and the members immediately traced the first truck to President Park where they found the suspects off-loading the cargo, loading it onto their truck. The suspects fled the scene, abandoning their Isuzu bakkie in which police found a set of number plates, jamming devices, and the magazine of a R5 rifle.
Upon further investigations on the second truck, police intercepted a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the police. One of the suspects was shot and certified dead on the scene, a second suspect was injured and taken to hospital under police guard, and a third suspect who attempted to flee the scene was caught and taken into custody. No police members were injured.
Members of SAPS found more cellphones in the Sprinter. The owner of the hijacked trucks and cargo positively identified the stolen property as his.
“With the festive season right on our doorstep, criminals are demonstrating with each violent incident that they will not hesitate to shoot and kill the police, or anyone who may be an obstacle in their criminal activities. Our members must therefore be operationally and tactically savvy at all times, ensuring their own safety while protecting and serving our communities,” remarked Major General Rampota.