Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) have arrested two suspects believed to be directly linked to a Truck Hijacking Syndicate operating in Durban.

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picture 1: credit RUSA

Around 4 pm Tuesday, local security company RUSA received a tip-off that five males were tempering with a refrigerated trailer on the R102 Northbound lane abeam King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). They had a white Toyota Corolla which was their getaway car.

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picture 2: credit RUSA

Reaction officers arrived on the scene and in an attempt to approach the men, four of the men sped off in the white Toyota Corolla. One suspect was fleeing on foot behind the getaway vehicle trying to stop it.

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The officers split into two groups with one group in pursuit of the getaway vehicle while another team initiated a foot chase. The first suspect was apprehended about 500m from the trailer. He was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol (picture 3) a mobile phone and bank cards.

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picture 3: Credit RUSA

An inspection through his phone was carried out regarding hijackings and drop-off locations of trucks. Several videos of suspects that were recorded inside truck cabins were also found in the phone media gallery. One video identified the truck that was hijacked on Monday that was reported at Bellair SAPS Case 105/01/2023.

The getaway vehicle was recovered on Old Main Road in Canelands following a high-speed chase. The driver was apprehended shortly after exiting the vehicle. He informed Reaction Officers that he was employed at an E-Hailing company and he was used by the hijackers to pick and drop them at various locations.

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A second set of number plates were recovered in the boot. An extensive search of the surrounding cane field was conducted for the remaining suspects, however, no further arrests were made.

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The owner of the trailer arrived shortly thereafter and informed Reaction Offices that his driver & conductor were hijacked by five men in a white Toyota Corolla last night (Monday) near Edwin Swales. The victims were driven to Kwa Mashu where a second truck hitched the trailer that was loaded with R250 000 worth of perishable goods.

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The hijacked truck was abandoned and the victims were released without injury. Upon inspection of the trailer following the arrest, it was discovered that the entire loaded was still intact.

Both suspects and all exhibits were handed over to the Tongaat SAPS for further investigation.

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