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2022/07/07      |  Written By:  Captain S Thakeng   |   Province:  Free State

FREE STATE: Thursday, 07 July 2022 : The truck driver gave a lift to two people who hi-jacked him at gun point and the two suspects were arrested at Ventersburg. They will appear soon in Winburg Magistrate Court. On the 05 July 2022 at about 18:00 a 52-year-old truck driver from George was refilling the truck with diesel when a person who introduced himself as Denver Jacobs asked for a hike together with his assistant. They travelled together until they reached the vicinity of Jakkalsdrift district Winburg when he wanted to relieve himself.

He alighted the truck and when he came back, he apparently pointed the truck driver with a handgun. He was tied on the neck and instructed to jump off from the truck. The two suspects drove off with a Volvo truck with a load full of wheat. The truck driver managed to untie himself and asked a lift at an Ambulance towards Ventersburg SAPS where he reported the incident. A case of Truck Hi-jacking was registered and Welkom K9 Unit was activated together with other Police Stations nearby. SAPS members were on the lookout until it was traced and identified as the hi-jacked truck at about 20:00.

The two suspects aged 25 and 27 years old from Western Cape and Phomolong Hennenman were arrested for possession of suspected stolen truck with a load of wheat. A Retay gas pistol was found in their possession. The two suspects will be facing Truck Hi-jacking and Possession of Suspected stolen truck. The case will be investigated by Welkom Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit. The two will appear soon in Winburg Magistrates’ Court.


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A case of Truck Hi-jacking was registered and Welkom K9 Unit was activated.