Action by police in the Western Cape has resulted in the recovery of stolen vehicles in Nyanga and Kraaifontein and arrested suspects believed to be involved in their theft.
Police arrested a 23-year-old man on Thursday, 11 February for the possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was reported to have been stolen during a house robbery on the previous day.
“The complainant was asleep when he was woken up on Thursday morning at about 03:30 by three unknown suspects inside the house. The suspects then demanded the complainant’s car keys, took a flat-screen television and a cellular telephone and fled,” Captain FC van Wyk reports.
The location of the car was pinned by a tracking company and the stolen vehicle was recovered.
The suspect will be expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court once they have been charged.
On the same day, the Kraaifontein SAPS received information of a stolen white Toyota Corolla being driven around Wallacedene.
“At around 18:00 [the police] noticed the vehicle standing in Swelini Street, with two occupants. When tested the vehicle was reported stolen on Monday evening, (2021-02-09) in Atlantis,” Captain FC van Wyk says.
The vehicle was confiscated and the two suspects, both aged 40, were arrested and detained on a charge of possession of presumed stolen property. At the station, it was found that one of the suspects was a police member attached to the police station in Harare.
The two suspects will appear in the Blue Downs Magistrates Court on Monday, 15 February.
“The Western Cape SAPS management commended the members for their quick response in following up on the information provided and arresting the suspects. They also thanked the community for providing the information that led to the arrest of the police official and his accomplice. Community involvement is pivotal in the fight against crime,” the Captain concludes.