While on patrol an integrated cluster, consisting of Bellville community members and Kraaifontein SAPS, were alerted to a suspicious-looking vehicle in the Brackenfell area by a local security group.
On Saturday, Brackenfell security officers of Bolt Security stopped the cluster and alerted them to a suspicious vehicle, a gold-coloured Toyota Etios, not far behind them in Frans Conradie Drive.
The SAPS members found the vehicle on the corner of Frans Conradie Drive and Okavango Road. A quick investigation found that the vehicle was hijacked in the Kraaifontein area on 15 January 2021.
After searching the five occupants of the vehicle, SAPS found an ammunition round on one of the suspects. A gas gun that resembled a 9mm pistol and several cellphones were also discovered.
The suspects are aged between 22 and 30 years. They were arrested and detained at Brackenfell SAPS.
Colonel Andre Traut explained that while processing the five suspects, another complaint of armed robbery was lodged.
“The complainant, a 42-year-old woman from Brackenfell, reported at the police station that at about 09:12 she was jogging in Blackberry Street, Sonkring Brackenfell when she was robbed of her cellular telephone at gunpoint,” said Traut.
She positively identified her phone as one of those found in the Toyota.
The statement confirmed that the suspects were detained for hijacking and possession of a suspected hijacked vehicle, the possession of ammunition, the possession of an imitation firearm and the possession of suspected stolen property and for armed robbery.
The five men will appear in the Blue Downs Court on Monday, 18 January 2021.