A joint operation between Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) and South African Police Services (SAPS) yielded the recovery of three stolen bakkies in Ivory Park, Thembisa, on 11 October.
The recovered vehicles, which had on false registration/number plates, were impounded to Van Ryn’s Deep in Benoni (police yard) for further investigations.
According to EMPD Acting Chief Superintended Kobeli Mokheseng, officers followed leads and visited two scrapyards on George Nyanga Road. The scrapyards’ dwellers ran helter-skelter on noticing SAPS and EMPD branded vehicles closing in.
“In one of the scrapyards officers recovered a white Isuzu single cab that was reported stolen in Mamelodi early this month. Also found was a white single cab half stripped Isuzu bakkie.
“As the crime combating team were leaving the scrapyards, they noticed a suspicious-looking green Isuzu double cab, parked at the nearby car wash. The male occupant on the driver’s seat pretended to be on a cellular phone call and bolted when he saw the law enforcers approaching,” Mokheseng said.
He added that investigations revealed that the Isuzu double cab was reportedly hijacked in Silverton sometime in September.
Arrests are imminent and SAPS forensic tests are underway.