Thieves arrested for stealing truckload of cigarettes

BUSTED: Constable Matshi Zondo and Warrant Officer Victor Masingi from Germiston Flying Squad with the truck of stolen cigarettes.

TWO suspects were arrested in Alberton on March 6 for hijacking a truck carrying a load of cigarettes valued at approximately R2-million.

“Members of the Germiston Flying Squad and Pretoria Crime Intelligence followed information that led to the recovery of 90 big boxes of cigarettes and the arrest of two Zimbabwean males in Alberton,” said Constable Portia Ngcobo on behalf of the Germiston Flying Squad.

A truck with the load of cigarettes was hijacked from an undisclosed company in Kempton Park. The load was then moved onto another truck, which belonged to one of the suspects. The two suspects made their way to Alberton.

They were caught inside an undisclosed warehouse in Chrislou Crescent, Alberton North at around 5am on Tuesday. The truck and its load were parked outside the warehouse. According to Portia, it is not yet clear what the suspects were doing inside the warehouse.

WORTH R2-MILLION: The load that the two suspects attempted to steal is equal to an affluent citizen’s annual salary.

The arrested suspects, both aged between 36 and 55 years, will appear at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s court soon.

“Even though the suspects are not South African citizens, the law will take its course,” she said.

“Justice will be served. Thankfully, there was no violence or injury. An investigation is underway and more arrests will be made soon.”

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Monique van Wyk

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