5 Stolen vehicles en route Mozambique recovered, 5 arrested

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5 Stolen vehicles en route Mozambique recovered, 5 arrested
5 Stolen vehicles en route Mozambique recovered, 5 arrested

Five suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property at the Lebombo Port of Entry when police were conducting their routine duties, during which five cars worth millions of rand, were recovered in the process.

The suspects, Vinock Nhlungwane aged 35, Andaque Adrian aged 39, Virgilio Salvador aged 30 as well as Osvaldo Rafael Gulele and Simon Shabangu both aged 32, were all arrested separately between 1 and 3 March 2019, at the Port of Entry.

When police stopped the vehicles for a mandatory search, they discovered discrepancies, such as the chassis and/or engine numbers of some of the vehicles had been tampered with.

Further investigation by the SAPS’ Vehicle Identification Unit confirmed that all five vehicles, a Mitsubishi Fuso truck, Toyota Hilux bakkie, Toyota Fortuner SUV and Toyota Etios sedan had been stolen and headed for Mozambique.

The suspects appeared before the Komatipoort Periodical Court on Monday 5 March 2019, four were remanded in custody for a formal bail application, while one, Shabangu, was released on R3 000 bail.

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