Hijackers stopped dead in their tracks

With officers hot on their heels, the driver reportedly lost control of the hijacked delivery vehicle before crashing into a house.

A futile attempt to make tracks; the handcuffs suffocating their sense of freedom.

Officers from Newcastle Crime Intelligence, the K9 Unit and the Hawks received information that an armed robbery would ensue in the Madadeni area on the morning of March 15.

Instantly putting a solid strategy into place, the units conducted an intelligence-driven operation in preparation for the rumoured infraction.

Right on time

According to SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala, two suspects hijacked a delivery vehicle carrying cigarettes at about 6.50am on Tuesday.

“[They] kidnapped the driver, then a chase ensued since members were observing the incident,” she explained.

Amid their attempt to flee from justice, the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle before crashing into a home nearby.

Their nightmare was far from over, as police arrived on scene, bringing their short-lived escapade to a grinding halt.

“[A] few minutes later, two other gang members were also arrested in their getaway vehicle,” added Lieut Gwala.

The vehicle was reportedly carrying about R300 000 worth of cigarettes when the incident occurred.

All four suspected, aged between 37 and 50, will be charged for armed robbery and kidnapping. They are expected to make their first appearance before the Madadeni Magistrate’s Court soon.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended police on the arrests.

“We will continue with similar operations to prevent violent crimes in our province,” she concluded.

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Nicole Collett

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