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Suspect arrested for R80 million stolen truck cargo
2022/07/14

 

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

FREE STATE - A 44-year-old suspect was found with suspected stolen goods from a reported hijacked truck.

On Wednesday 13 July 2022, Free State Provincial Organised Crime Unit working together with Bloemfontein Tactical Response Team and Local Criminal Record Centre, reacted on an intelligence led information about a warehouse possibly used to store goods from hijacked trucks.

Information led members to a warehouse in East End industrial park in Bloemfontein. On arrival members found the warehouse owner and the suspect whose stored property belongs to. The property, 1680 boxes containing Diesel Engine catalytic converters worth an estimated value of R80 million were found packed in the warehouse.  The 44-year-old suspect could not produce proof of ownership of the goods and was subsequently arrested.

Further investigations revealed that the loot came from a truck that was hijacked back in May 2022, traveling from Eastern Cape to Gauteng Province. It is alleged that the truck driver was attacked by a group of unknown males driving a bakkie after he stopped on the side of the road near Venterstad in Eastern Cape. The suspects put the driver in their vehicle and drove towards Bloemfontein where they met with the 44-year-old who arranged for storage. The truck was later handed back to the driver without the cargo and Police were made aware of the incident.

The team is following other leads that can assist in the arrest of more suspects. 

The 44-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of stolen goods and will appear in court soon.

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082 527 6634

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