By Kaya 959 News
Gauteng police have arrested a syndicate allegedly behind a number of hijackings and house robberies in northern Johannesburg.
A spokesperson from Gauteng SAPS said a multi-disciplinary team responded to information of suspects involved in armed robberies with aggravated circumstances.
“The team acted swiftly and arrested four suspects who were found with two unlicensed firearms and driving a car suspected to be stolen,” Captain Mavela Masondo said.
He said the team received information that the four suspects were in Sandton driving a silver Volkswagen Polo.
“The suspects’ vehicle was spotted and stopped. Upon searching the suspects and vehicle, police found two unlicensed firearms. It was discovered that the engine of the vehicle they are driving has been tampered with,” Masondo said.
Hijacked car recovered
The same multi-disciplinary team along with the Tshwane Metro Police Department K9 unit recovered a car that was reportedly hijacked in Alexandra. A man was also arrested.
Masondo said the team received information about a hijacked vehicle that was stored in Mabopane, Tshwane.
“Officers kept watch and when they saw someone drive off in the vehicle, they followed. A high-speed chase ensued and when the driver eventually stopped, he was arrested and charged with possession of hijacked vehicle,” he said.
The officers were praised for their efforts.
“I am pleased with the collaboration between the police and private security companies as the team continues to bring a halt and arrest criminals involved in serious and violent crimes,” said Gauteng acting provincial commissioner, Major General Tommy Mthombeni.