Suspects arrested for the possession of a hijacked motor vehicle and suspected stolen and robbed property in Soweto

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Tactical Response Unit for the possession of a hijacked motor vehicle, dangerous weapons and suspected stolen and robbed property in Mofolo South, Soweto.

On Sunday, 19 November, officers received vehicle tracking coordinates from Cartrack of a hijacked silver Toyota Etios in Mofolo South. The officers responded and upon arrival at the given location, they noticed three males stripping the Toyota Etios which was sought as per the Kliptown SAPS case.

 The officers entered the premises and found the males inside the hijacked vehicle. One of the males attempted to evade the officers by running inside the house and hiding himself in the ceiling. Upon entering the house to search for the male the ceiling collapsed and the male was apprehended in possession of a black replica firearm.

When searched the key belonging to the hijacked Toyota Etios was found inside his jeans pocket. Upon searching the hijacked vehicle a second silver replica firearm was also recovered. An intensive search was conducted in the house and several suspected stolen and robbed items which included, electronic devices, car radios, an amplifier, bank cards, driving licenses, identity documents and motor vehicle keys of a Hino, Volvo, Kia and Mercedes Benz were recovered.

 Further information led the officers to one of the male’s residences in Mofolo North where more suspected robbed and stolen property was recovered amongst others were a laptop, phone tablets, cellphones, bank cards, several bundles of house keys and driver’s licences. 

The trio was arrested and detained at Moroka SAPS. They are due to appear in court soon. The officers further discovered that the suspects’ modus operandi was to request e-hailing services, hijack the vehicle, and take the victims to withdraw money from their accounts or transfer money from victims’ accounts and drop them off after being assaulted.

One more suspect who is alleged to be the mastermind of this criminal operation and who possesses an actual firearm is still at large.

Issued by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department Communication Unit.

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