Kwazakele police arrest theft suspects

GQEBERHA – Quick response from SAPS Kwazakele Social Crime Prevention members led to the arrest of four alleged theft suspects and the recovery of most of the stolen property on Wednesday morning, April 21.

It is alleged that at about 11:00, the members were informed of a truck driver (45) being attacked in Soweto-on-Sea. On arrival, the driver was found seeking refuge at a nearby school as the community were stoning him when he tried to protect his cargo. The truck was heading for Deal Party when the GPS directed him to turn into Johnson Road  where he experienced difficulty in turning his vehicle around due to the narrowness of the road.

 He was pelted with stones and when he was outnumbered by the community, he ran into the school yard. The perpetrators looted the truck, stealing camping gear, a camping refrigerator, clothing as well as the complainant’s wallet. The estimated value of the items taken is R 8000-00.  Due to the speedy arrival of the police, most of the load was still intact.

Police arrested four suspects aged between 25 and 30 and are still following up on information relating to other suspects in possession of the stolen goods. More arrests are expected. The suspects are detained on charges of theft and malicious damage to property. They are expected to appear in court soon.

Police are cautioning truck drivers/companies to make absolutely sure  when using a GPS to get to their destination especially when trucks are coming in from out of town and are making deliveries in the Perseverance and Deal Party areas in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). There are cases of hijackings and theft that are under investigation whereby the GPS directs truckers into Johnson Road. This road is misleading and drivers experience difficulty in making a U-turn to get back on track. Heavy duty trucks cannot make a U-turn due to the narrowness of the road. This is when they are hijacked and their contents looted. Always check with the company on the best possible route and as far as possible avoid the Johnson Road turnoff. 

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