Suspect arrested and stolen items recovered in Verulam

Reaction Unit South Africa

Suspect arrested and stolen items recovered in Verulam
Suspect arrested with stolen items in Verulam. Photo RUSA.

One suspect was arrested and a Toyota bakkie (pickup truck) including R500 000 worth of stolen items was recovered by members of Reaction Unit South Africa last night after a robbery at a construction site situated on the R102 near the King Shaka International Airport.

At approximately 21:10 two suspects entered the construction site where they held up a RUSA Security Officer at knife point. The Security Officer was assaulted with a metal pipe before being tied up. The suspects then began loading their bakkie with construction equipment which included an industrial generator worth over R300 000.

The Security Officer managed to loosen his restraints and contacted the RUSA Operations Centre for assistance. Several Reaction Officers were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival noticed a Toyota Hilux bakkie speeding off from the premises. Reaction Officer Germaine Moodley pursued the bakkie on the R102 in the direction of Verulam when the driver lost control and crashed into the center median.

The driver exited the vehicle and fled into the nearby sugar cane plantation. The passenger attempted to flee but was apprehended and placed under arrest by Officer Moodley. A registration check confirmed that the number plates on the bakkie was registered to a BMW. It could not be confirmed on scene if the vehicle was stolen and is subject to further investigation.

The Security Officer sustained moderate injuries and was treated on scene by paramedics before being transported to hospital for further medical attention.

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