Media Statement from the office of the Provincial Commissioner of the police, Gauteng
Thursday, 02 June 2022
CONTINUED COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RESULT IN THE RECOVERY OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE VEHICLES THAT WERE REPORTEDLY HIJACKED
PARKTOWN – The joint venture between the law enforcement agencies continues to put an end to alleged habitual criminals operating in Gauteng. The team was operating in Kempton Park on Wednesday, 01 June 2022 when they arrested a 28-year-old suspect and recovered two unlicensed firearms, ammunition as well as a BMW 320d and Audi S3 that were reportedly hijacked.
Information was received about a group of suspects who are committing car hijackings and armed robberies in Gauteng, using high-performance vehicles.
Members of South African Police Service (SAPS) in Kempton Park, K9, Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit, Gauteng Traffic Police Saturation Unit, Tracker Connect, BadBoyz Security and Vision Tactical Security came together to be on the lookout for the suspects.
An operation was conducted in the Kempton area after information was received that the suspects were planning to commit yet another crime. Both suspects’ vehicles were spotted in the area and the team immediately intercepted them. The suspects sped off, resulting in a high-speed chase and shootout. The BMW was found abandoned and the Audi S3 was cornered. One suspect was arrested after two unlicensed firearms, ammunition and numerous vehicle registration plates were found inside the vehicles.
Preliminary investigation revealed that both vehicles were fitted with false registration plates and were reportedly hijacked in Pretoria and Sandton, respectively.
Police are searching for the suspects that escaped from the scene. The arrested suspect is expected to appear before Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Friday, 03 June 2022.
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