During the early hours of 13 March 2023 the disruptive intelligence driven team comprised of the Hawks Cash-In-Transit (CIT) Task \Team, Mthatha Tactical Response Unit, National Intervention Unit, Mthatha Local Criminal Record Centre members and Queenstown Vehicle Theft Unit recovered four vehicles that were reported stolen, a firearm and ammunition and arrested one suspect for possession of stolen property.
The teams from Mthatha followed up on information received about suspects in Willowvale who are reportedly involved in CIT’s, in possession of stolen vehicles and also in possession of unlicensed firearms.
The members went to one of the suspects in Bhojeni Location recovered three (3) stolen vehicles, one being a truck that was reported stolen in Wentworth, KwaZulu Natal.
Two more vehicles both Nissan Navara bakkies all reported stolen as confirmed by the vehicle theft unit in Queenstown. A licensed firearm was also seized from the suspect for further investigations and a suspect was arrested.
Other members went to Ncedane Location looking for another suspect. Upon arrival at the suspect’s residence, they found no one but they managed to gain entry into the garage where a white Isuzu bakkie was found notably with bullet hole on the left fender.
The vehicle was also reported to have been stolen in Mthatha in November 2022. Upon further search a magazine with 35 live rounds of ammunition of a riffle were found.
The following day at about 04:00, DPCI CIT task team and National Intervention Unit followed another lead to the residences of two suspects in a block of flats in Mthatha who were reported to be in possession of unlicensed firearms and alleged to be involved in car hijackings.
At the residence of a 30 year old suspect an unlicensed 9mm pistol with its serial number filled off and 15 rounds of ammunition were seized and the suspect arrested.
Further search was conducted in the residence of another 25-year-old suspect and live ammunition was seized and the suspect was also arrested. The team proceeded to another unoccupied room were several items including a police hand radio and other items were seized.
The three suspects are in police custody and will appear in court once charged.