Police seize R5m stolen goods

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LEBOGANG SEALE

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POLICE have seized stolen goods worth more than R5 million after they arrested suspects believed to be part of a syndicate involved in the hijacking of trucks.

It all began on Tuesday evening when a detective from Crime Intelligence spotted a truck that was offloading denim jeans and bales into a Mercedes Benz Iveco and a Foton minibus near a hotel in Alberton, Ekurhuleni.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-General Lungelo Dlamini said three foreign nationals were arrested and four vehicles were impounded.

Upon further investigation, Dlamini said, one of the men pointed out to more goods hidden at a storage facility in Birch Road, Petit, in the North Rand.

Among the stolen goods were expensive brands of brandy, music systems, vacuum cleaners, clothing and more than 200 boxes of no-name tea. In all, 10 storage containers were found.

The goods were allegedly stolen during truck hijackings in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal, and other towns in that province.

Dlamini said the goods were later sold to several businesses, mostly owned by foreign nationals. More arrests were expected.

The suspects were due to appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court today on charges of possession of suspected stolen goods and truck hijacking.

Police appealed to anyone with information about stolen goods to call the Crime Stop number 0860 010111.


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