Tebogo Msimanga |
A gang that is suspected to be responsible for car hijackings and armed robberies around Gauteng are expected to appear before Randburg Magistrates on Tuesday, 31 May 2022.
They were arrested in Lanseria on Sunday, 29 May 2022 after they were found with unlicensed firearms, ammunition and police uniform. The suspects aged between 26 and 36, are linked with various cases where victims are robbed and hijacked by people wearing police uniforms.
Gauteng Police Spokesperson Colonel Mavela Masondo said Members of Crime Intelligence gathered information about suspects that wait at a petrol station to prey on unsuspecting motorists and subsequently hijack and rob them at gunpoint.
“Information on the planned hijacking that was to happen on Sunday night was shared with the operatives.A team comprising of members from SAPS Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Crime Intelligence, West Rand Flying Squad, Tracker Connect, Vision Tactical, Guardmax Security, and BCI Security came together to intercept the suspects”
Masondo said the police stopped a blue Mazda that matched the description of the suspects’ at the petrol station in Lanseria. “Upon searching the five occupants and the car, police found two unlicensed firearms (a shotgun and pistol), ammunition, and police uniform”.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has praised the collaboration between the police and private security companies through the Eyes and Ears project as they continue to squeeze the space for criminals.