Vehicles worth four million were recovered and 2000 suspects were arrested during a Police operation in Limpopo.
The well-coordinated operations were conducted in Malamulele and Saselamani policing precincts in the Vhembe District. It led to the recovery of ten (10) Toyota Hilux bakkies that were reported stolen at Midrand in Gauteng Province.
OVER 2000 SUSPECTS ARRESTED
These were part of the operations that were conducted across the Province from Sunday, 13 February to Monday 21 February 2022 and have yielded results following the arrest of a total of 2567 suspects aged between 21 and 58.
The recovered motor vehicles were allegedly rented by two suspects from Companies based in Midrand and later sold to unsuspecting victims across the province. An intelligence joint operation was conducted which resulted in the recoveries and seizures of the said vehicles at various residences. The hunt for the responsible suspects is continuing.
A silver grey Mercedes Benz that was allegedly robbed during a house robbery in Seshego outside Polokwane, was also recovered within hours after the incident.
EXPENSIVE VEHICLES ALSO RECOVERED
The team that was involved in these recoveries included members of the Vehicle Identification Service, Crime Intelligence Unit and a Tracking Company. The Mercedes Benz was recovered during Operation “Save a life”.
In other operations, three foreign nationals aged between 24 and 43 were arrested by the Makhado Police. They were in possession of illicit cigarettes while conducting crime prevention duties along N1 North.
Police spotted three suspicious Toyota Quantum minibuses. They tried to stop them but they sped off and a car chase ensued until the suspects were cornered.
One of the minibuses managed to speed off. But the other two minibuses were found loaded with a total of 103 master boxes of Remington Gold Cigarettes with an estimated street value of R1,1 million. The two vehicles were confiscated together with the illicit cigarettes.
The suspects arrested during these operations are facing various charges. It include possession of illicit cigarettes, murder, robberies, rape, theft of motor vehicle. Possession of suspected stolen property, possession and dealing in drugs, stock theft and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
Police managed to seize 830 450 counterfeit cigarettes sticks, 31 dangerous weapons, 330grams of dagga. 81 dagga plants,13 grams of nyaope drugs, 4 firearms, 1 116 112ml liquor, 27 Knives and 15 stolen/robbed vehicles.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has applauded the determination and hard work displayed by the men and women in blue in ensuring that the citizens of this province are safe and protected against criminals.