Durban – Three suspects were arrested and six vehicles regained their strength during a joint intelligence operation conducted by a team investigating car theft syndicates in Gauteng.
According to Captain Mavela Masondo, the operation was carried out by members of the criminal intelligence service of Tshwane North, a unit of fast police police and a national intervention unit.
Masondo said the recovered vehicles were reported stolen in Ekurhuleni. Two additional recovered vehicles had changed engines.
"The team received information about a possible syndicate responsible for the theft of motor vehicles, operating mainly in Ekurhuleni. The information was operational, and the police raided suspects in Tshwane in the early Wednesday hours, "Masondo said.
The suspects were found in the possession of a white Mitsubishi Colt van, a VW gray van, a white Honda and a blue Toyota Tazz. The vehicles were reported stolen at Eden Park in July this year. Two more vehicles, the red VW Jetta Fox and the purple Fiat Uno were found with engines that were "modified", Masondo said.
In a separate incident, Sunnyside police arrested two men, aged 23 and 39, after being found with Nissan Tiida, who was reported kidnapped in Pretoria West this month. Suspects were arrested on Tuesday at the corner of Moerdyk and Rissik streets.