Stolen bakkie recovered at the port of entry, Jeppes Reef

South African Police Service

Stolen bakkie recovered at the port of entry, Jeppes Reef
Stolen bakkie recovered at the port of entry, Jeppes Reef. Photo: SAPS

Almost three years back (in November 2020), a grey Nissan NP 200 bakkie was reportedly stolen in Sunnyside, in Gauteng Province.

However members of the Border Policing in Jeppes Reef managed to recover the vehicle during the time it entered South Africa from the Kingdom of Eswatini, being driven by a 34-year-old man.

A report by the Police indicates that the man, who is from the Kingdom of Eswatini was crossing the border at about 13:00 on Monday, 24 July 2023 when the men and women in Blue discovered that he was in fact driving a car which they have been looking for after its owner reported it stolen back then.

The man could not convince the Police to let him go as he failed to produce valid documentation for the car hence he was arrested and charged for possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle.

Police investigations has since revealed that the vehicle was cloned as the registration number plates which was fitted on it were not authentic, and it rather resembled another NP 200 bakkie.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court soon facing the said charges.

Police cannot rule out the possibility of adding more charges against the suspect pending further investigation in relation to a case whereby the said bakkie was stolen in Gauteng.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest of the suspect and further warned community members to refrain from buying suspected stolen items, including purchasing vehicles from unregistered dealers. “We are always on high alert when it comes to prevention of cross border crimes. It is evident that the Police in the Province, working in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are making an indelible mark in the recovery of stolen vehicles,” said the General.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service