Car theft gang nabbed in Gauteng

2012-11-08 10:12

JOHANNESBURG - Six people were arrested for possession of stolen motor vehicles in Midrand on Wednesday, November 8, 2012, Gauteng police said.
Police spokesman Katlego Mogale said the six were arrested after they were cornered by the police, with the assistance of a tracker team, after a vehicle was stolen in Mpumalanga.


Mogale said: "Members of the special projects tracker operational services team were alerted by the victim about his Isuzu that was stolen at about 2pm. The vehicle was traced with the chopper and tactical response team in Midrand."

She said when the group saw the helicopter circling they fled into a house where five were arrested.

"When the police were securing the perimeter they found the sixth suspect hiding underneath one of the vehicles," Mogale added.

The Isuzu was tested through the vehicle identification number, and was positively identified as the stolen vehicle. Further investigation revealed two other vehicles - a red Opel Corsa with a case number in Thabazimbi, Limpopo, and a white Mitsubishi truck that was stolen in Ivory Park - were also on the premises.

Mogale said: "Several other vehicles were found on the scene and are being tested to ascertain their origins."

She said the police also found several number plates, licence documents, keys belonging to a Mercedes-Benz and vehicle documents.


  • trevorlbennett - 2012-11-08 10:19

    Good job Tracker Team and the Police, we are tired of these criminals terrorizing us.

  • adrian.snyman.16 - 2012-11-08 12:38

    Fantastic work to ALL involved !! I know that you only hear the bad side of crime, but I am glad to see these guys getting caught !! And according to the report - no officers injured. That is a job well done !

  • jacques.conradie.56 - 2012-11-09 06:44

    On the basis of recent recovery operations Tracetec discovered a new trend that is emerging in the vehicle theft arena. Criminal elements appear to be working with individuals in law enforcement agencies to procure illegal documentation for vehicles before they are actually stolen. New, seemingly legitimate papers have been found for vehicles that are not yet stolen. In an apparent attempt to make it more difficult for these vehicles to be recovered, the new papers are drawn up for a province different to the one in which the vehicles are currently registered. The vehicles are then stolen and moved to the new province in which they have been newly registered.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-11-11 10:37

    awesome job by the tracker team - these guys response time its amazing. keep improving on that great piece of technology called skytrax

  • codyas - 2012-11-12 08:54

    Good job to tracker and the police on ridding us of these criminals.. I too was a victim of my car being stolen unfortunately my car was not able to be recovered even though it was fitted with a tracking unit and was reported stolen immediately once taken... it is pleasing to hear after an experience like this that these systems do work sometimes

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