MEDIA STATEMENT BY SAPS UGU CLUSTER COMMUNICATION:
POLICE RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLES
UGU Cluster Operational Command Centre (OCC ) and SAPS K9 were involved in a joint operation on Saturday 21 September in the Margate area in search of suspects who were possibly in possession of stolen firearms. They spotted a vehicle along the Ramsgate National Road and the vehicle was stopped. The white VW Jetta vehicle was searched and came up as stolen in a Umbilo hijacking case. All three males aged between 21 – 35 years of age were arrested and detained at Margate police cells. The trio appeared in Ramsgate magistrate’s court on Monday 23 September and were remanded into police custody. They are due to appear in the same court on 30 September on charges of possession of suspected stolen property. Port Shepstone Vehicle Crime Investigating Unit (VCIU) are investigating.
In another incident on 22 September at Southport, the Southport crime prevention members together with UGU Cluster OCC members were conducting patrols in the area when they came across a Hyundai LDV which was parked in a sugarcane loading zone in Kwa Madlala. Upon checking the vehicle and searching the suspect, it was established that the vehicle was also reported stolen in Pinetown. The 31 year old suspect was charged with possession of suspected stolen property. Port Shepstone VCIU are also investigating this case.
In Harding on 24 September, UGU OCCC were deployed in the area to conduct crime prevention duties. The members received information regarding a suspected stolen vehicle, a Toyota Quantum with ND registration in the area. They spotted the vehicle and pulled it over. Upon further investigation, it was reported stolen at Montclair in Durban. Two suspects were arrested a male 27 and female aged 37. They were both charged with possession of suspected stolen property and are due to appear this morning 25 September in the Harding magistrate’s court. Kokstad VCIU are investigating.
Deputy Cluster Commander, Brigadier Bongani Sibiya was pleased that the deployment of UGU OCC members in an effort to promote a safer long weekend resulted in the recovery of these stolen vehicles and a greater police presence.