Police uncover Joburg chop shop for high-performance vehicles

Police have netted a syndicate dealing in parts from hijacked vehicles.
Police have netted a syndicate dealing in parts from hijacked vehicles.
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Police have pounced on a warehouse in Johannesburg, recovering dismantled high-performance cars believed to have been hijacked.

Police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said the 28-year-old owner of the warehouse will be charged with possession of parts from suspected hijacked vehicles and possession of stolen property.

A second suspect, aged 23, was arrested after he came to the crime scene and offered the police a bribe, he said.

The takedown happened on Tuesday.

Inside the Booysens warehouse, Masondo said police found “several parts of vehicles, including 10 engines that have been linked to high-performance vehicles reportedly hijacked around Gauteng”.

Police also seized goods worth millions that are suspected to have been stolen from hijacked trucks. 

Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela said: “This discovery and subsequent arrests will definitely break the back of a syndicate dealing with parts from hijacked vehicles.

“I have instructed the investigating team to ensure they trace and arrest the perpetrators responsible for high-performance vehicle hijackings and truck hijackings. We have their loot and we must bring them to book,” said Mawela.


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