Routine security patrol leads to the arrest of 3 suspects who hijacked a Pietermaritzburg couple

By Karen Singh Time of article published Nov 2, 2021

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DURBAN: A Northdale couple were hijacked on Saturday by three men, shoved in the boot and back seat of their vehicle before being taken to another location, where they were dropped off.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the couple had just parked at the Protea grounds at 5.30pm when they were accosted by three unknown males.

Gwala said the suspects first instructed the couple to jump out of the vehicle.

“The victims did as instructed and the male victim was forced to get into the boot while the female victim was instructed to sit in the back seat.

“They drove off with the victims until they reached a local garage where they were dropped,” she said.

Police said a case of carjacking was opened for investigation at the Mountain Rise Police Station.

Shaheen Suleiman, the owner of Magma Security & Investigations, said that Magma reaction officers were conducting a routine patrol on Saturday when they came across a suspicious-looking vehicle.

“Upon stopping to check, it was found that the vehicle was stolen and suspects were in the process of stripping the vehicle to locate a tracking device,” he said.

Suleiman said the suspects attempted to flee in another vehicle, however they were intercepted and two pellet guns were found in their possession.

He said the police were called and the suspects arrested.

“It was found that the suspects had hijacked the vehicle that was driven by a couple from Northdale, Pietermaritzburg,” said Suleiman.

Suleiman said the couple were taken to Umbumbulu and released.

He said the couple was found on the road by a passer-by and taken to a police station.

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