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CHOP SHOP UNCOVERED IN UMKOMAAS: DURBAN
2022/05/26      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel N Gwala   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 25 May 2022 – A joint operation was conducted last night at 21:30 at Danganya area in Umkomaas after police officers were alerted of a vehicle that was hijacked and was hidden in the area.

The team, which comprised of police officer from Umkomaas SAPS, tracking officials and security personnel proceeded to the identified premises. Upon spotting police, the suspects fled into different directions. Police managed to arrest a 39-year-old suspect who was caught at the premises. Police recovered a vehicle that was hijacked in Pietermaritzburg yesterday. It is alleged that the driver was hijacked in Pietermaritzburg and was later dropped off in the Cato Manor where he managed to seek assistance and report the matter. Another vehicle was found at the same premises and it was established that it was stolen in Amanzimtoti during March 2021.

Further inspection was done in the yard and the team recovered two bakkie load bins hidden behind the house. The initial investigation revealed that stolen vehicles were being stripped at the same premises. The suspect will appear before the Umbumbulu Magistrates Court tomorrow for possession of stolen property. Police are still searching for the remaining suspects who managed to evade arrest.