A routine police patrol on the R30 road in the Free State yielded positive results. As part of the operation three foreign nationals and one South African national were arrested in the early hours on Tuesday morning 20 July 2021.
The four suspects were traveling along the R30 road when they were stopped by members of the South African Police Services. Upon searching the vehicle, police members noticed that the Toyota Quantum that the suspects were travelling in had no back seats, which raised suspicion.
Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, says after the four suspects were questioned about the missing back seats, the driver and the occupants were allowed to proceed with their journey. “Around 03:00 the same Quantum, which was now accompanied by a Toyota Hilux Double Cab with Lesotho number plates, was spotted again and both vehicles were stopped and searched. During the search suspected stolen copper with a street value of R387 000, two bags containing clothes and sneakers, as well as implements used to cut copper were found,” said Makhele.
Makhele said that three suspects were arrested whilst the driver of the Quantum and four other suspects managed to flee the scene on foot. Police gave chase until around 05:00. “The driver was later arrested after he was brought to the police station by the owner of the Quantum to enquire about the impounded vehicle,” said Makhele.
All items, including the Quantum and the Hilux Double Cab, were seized.
The four suspects, aged 19 to 43, were due to appear in the Brandfort Magistrate’s Court today for possession of suspected stolen property.
Compiled by Pierce van Heerden