Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

East Rand cops interrupt criminal gang’s dirty deed

Police say three men arrested while unloading a truckload of stolen washing powder may not be squeaky clean.

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You may have heard some of those silly one-line jokes about “police are combing the area for a gang who pilfered a truckload of wigs”?

Or the one about “cops are looking for hardened criminals who stole a thousand bags of cement”?

Owner of hijacked truck alerted police

Now here’s another: Police have cleaned up a criminal gang that tried to steal a truckload of washing powder.

The only difference is that the last one is absolutely true – and it happened this week in our own backyard.

According to SAPS, officers from the Katlehong Crime Prevention unit on the East Rand interrupted the gang’s dirty deed early on Thursday morning after being contacted by the owner of a delivery truck which had been hijacked in the Germiston industrial area of Wadeville on Wednesday night.

Three men found unloading the contents

The owner said the vehicle had been tracked to a location in Moleleki Extension Four in Katlehong.

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The truck with its load of washing powder. Photo credit: SAPS

Officers rushed to the scene and found three men unloading the contents of the truck, which turned out to be 60 pallets of washing powder valued at more than R500 000.

The suspects were given no time to show a clean pair of heels and flee the scene. Instead, the men – aged 28, 36 and 46 – were arrested on the spot and now face charges of unlawful possession of a hijacked truck and goods.

They may also be charged with truck hijacking.

Officers praised for their prompt action

Katlehong Station Commander, Brigadier Albertina Vesi, has praised the quick response by the Crime Prevention members.

Three suspects are expected to appear in Palm Ridge Court soon. Investigation in the case continues.

There is apparently no truth to the rumour that a police spokesperson said: “At least their clothes were clean when we arrested them”.

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