A man believed to be accountable for “blue lights hijacking” was shot and killed during a shootout with police in Springs on Friday.
ANOTHER BLUE LIGHT HIJACKER WAS ARRESTED
According to Captain Mavela Masondo, police spokesperson a second man was arrested, and two unlicensed firearms recovered.
“Police have been engaged on information about the suspects who are accountable for a series of hijackings the usage of blue lights on the roads linking Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces.”
He said police activated a team comprising Gauteng Provincial Severe and Violent Crimes, Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation, Tactical Response Team Tshwane, Tracker Join, Constancy Specialised Products and companies, Badboyz Safety, Vision Tactical, and Group Active Safety (CAP) to search and arrest the suspects.
“The team constantly monitored and kept observation on the R42, R50, R25, and N12 around Bapsfontein, Delmas and Bronkhorstpruit until they seen suspects traveling towards Johannesburg with a imaginable hijacked automobile.”
Masondo said the team intercepted the suspects who started to shoot at police, and a shootout ensued.
“One suspect was fatally shot whereas the second suspect was arrested. It was established that the suspects had factual hijacked a motorist who was driving a Toyota Hilux on the R42.”
Additional investigation revealed that the two cars outdated-fashioned by the suspects, a Toyota Fortuner and double cab Toyota Hilux had been reported stolen.
Gauteng Acting Provincial Commissioner of the police Major General Tommy Mthombeni applauded the team that labored with zeal and diligence to make obvious that the gang the usage of blue lights to hijack vehicles are hunted down and arrested.
Meanwhile, police in Pretoria arrested three suspects in April this year between the ages of 28 and 36 following a excessive-bound chase and gun battle in Rama Metropolis near Ga-Ranwuka.
According to a statement from the Hawks, the South African Police Service (SAPS) was allegedly spurred to action by a tip-off about a white Volkswagen Polo that was abusing blue lights within the Pretoria North area.