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Gang Caught Red-Handed Off-Loading Stolen Goods from Hijacked Truck Worth R2 Million

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Police in the Northern Cape have been praised for their swift action in recovering stolen goods and a hijacked truck, leading to the arrest of six men.

A multi-disciplinary investigation by members of the Northern Cape Provincial Organised Crime Investigation: Crime Detection, Kimberley Flying Squad, and Kimberley Crime Prevention Unit resulted in the successful operation on Tuesday, May 28.

Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Mashay Gamieldien, stated that the operation led to the recovery of a hijacked truck transporting groceries and the apprehension of six suspects in Galeshewe, Kimberley.

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“On May 28, 2024, the station commander of Prieska SAPS received information about a truck transporting goods that was allegedly hijacked en route to Prieska,” Gamieldien said.

The station commander immediately communicated the information with the Provincial Head of Organised Crime Investigation: Crime Detection, who activated his team already engaged in election duties in the Kimberley area. The team, assisted by Kimberley Flying Squad and Crime Prevention, reacted within minutes and traced the truck.

The hijacked truck was located at a house in Galeshewe around 4:30 pm.

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“When members approached the premises, they found six men busy off-loading the goods,” Gamieldien said. “The six men were arrested, of whom one is a repeat offender. The stolen goods valued at approximately R2 million were confiscated, and the hijacked truck valued at R900,000 was seized.”

The suspects face charges of hijacking and possession of suspected stolen goods. They are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court soon.

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Northern Cape police commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola, commended the team for their rapid response and relentless efforts in ensuring a safe and secure environment, particularly as elections are underway.

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This swift action by law enforcement showcases their commitment to tackling crime and maintaining order, reinforcing the importance of coordinated efforts in combating criminal activities.

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