Free State police clerk arrested for hijacking and kidnapping
Free State cops have arrested a police clerk and two other suspects for allegedly hijacking a truck, as well as for armed robbery and kidnapping.
This was after a truck driver reported he had been hijacked, robbed and forced into the boot of a car then dropped off at an unfamiliar location. Police arrested the three suspects on Friday.
“Parkweg police arrested three suspects, including an employee of the SAPS, earlier today on M30 road near Lengau farm,” provincial police spokesperson Col Thandi Mbambo said in a statement.
“This was after information of a truck hijacking was disseminated to all vehicles on patrol to look out for a white Toyota Dyna truck that was allegedly hijacked on the N8 near De Brug army base. The police on patrol then spotted the static truck and approached it. Three males and a lady were found in the truck.”
Mbambo said one of the suspects tried to mislead the police.
“One of the males claimed to be the owner of the truck and identified the other two as technicians who were there to fix the truck,” she said.
“The police searched the males and found, in possession of the one who identified himself as the truck owner, a SA Police Service appointment certificate.
“The three suspects, a 34-year-old admin clerk at the SAPS and two 30-year-old males, were arrested for possession of presumed stolen property.
“The 40-year-old truck driver alleged he had been hijacked while driving with a lady, assaulted then robbed of his Samsung S10 and a wallet with bank cards. He was then dropped off late at night at an unknown location after being forced inside the boot of a vehicle that forced him off the road.”
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