Three suspects, one aged 39 and the other two, aged 41 were arrested a few kilometers towards Lebombo Port of Entry yesterday, Monday 12 February 2024 at Komatipoort. During their arrest, two reportedly stolen vehicles were recovered.
The breakthrough was as a result of police reaction to information received about two Toyota RAV4’s, which were reportedly stolen in Edenvale as well as in Garsfontein this month.
Police operationalized the details, leading to the recovery of the first vehicle, which was reportedly stolen in Edenvale. The vehicle was intercepted whilst driving towards Komatipoort at about 16:20. Two suspects, the driver as well as a passenger were arrested.
The second vehicle, which was reported stolen in Garsfontein was recovered after it reportedly went past Komatipoort. One suspect, a driver, was also arrested at about 21:00.
All three suspects are expected to appear at the Komatipoort Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 14 February 2024, on charges of possession of suspected stolen vehicles.
Police cannot rule out possibilities of adding more charges in relation to the cases whereby the two cars were reportedly stolen.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has welcomed the arrest of the three suspects as well as the recovery of the vehicles. The General further commended the whistle blowers for their role in the fight against crime, not forgetting to applaud police for their swift reaction.