Abalone exporters arrested in Kraaifontein

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Police say a swift response from Kraaifontein police officers led to the arrest of two suspects for the possession of stolen abalone on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Andrè Traut said the officers were busy with crime prevention patrols in Bloekombos when they were alerted to a hijacking in Paarden Eiland at around 09:00.

“The officers were informed that a truck with cargo was hijacked in Neptune Street, Paarden Eiland by three unknown suspects. The cargo comprised boxes of frozen abalone destined for the export market. The members tracked the truck with the assistance of the tracking company to a local braai establishment in Lesibane Street, Bloekombos,” said Traut.

He added: “When the police arrived at the truck’s location they noticed the suspects unloading boxes from the container. They fled as soon as they saw the police. Upon further investigation the members found 200 of the 437 boxes of abalone inside the establishment.”

Traut said the property owners, a 36-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife, were arrested for the possession of presumed stolen property.

“The hijacked truck as well as all the abalone valued at over one million rand were recovered. The suspects are due to appear in court once they are charged,” he said.