Police arrested a 40-year-old man for possession of suspected stolen property and an unlicensed firearm following a truck hijacking incident on the N2 near Qunu yesterday.

It is alleged that on Friday, 06 October 2023, at about 08:30, the occupants in a silver grey VW Polo, who were armed with firearms, forced the driver of a delivery truck that was traveling on the N2 near Qunu to stop. It is further said that a truck was driven and parked under the nearby bridge. Some of the stock from the truck was loaded to an Isuzu bakkie that was parked nearby.

The truck driver was also robbed of his cellphone before he was given the truck’s key to continue with his trip to Mthatha. The victim, while in transit, he came across traffic officers’ vehicle, which was on routine patrols, and sought assistance.

Police were immediately summoned, and some of the stock was found abandoned underneath the bridge. Police preliminary investigation led them to a homestead in Bhityi, where a second batch of stock was recovered, and the house occupant was also found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with ammunition. A 40-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition with a second charge of possession of suspected stolen property. The recovered firearm had no serial number and is to be sent to ballistics for analysis. The recovered stock is estimated to be around R150 000.

The other suspects are still at large. Police are urging anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the nearest police station. The information may also be shared via Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

The suspect will appear in the Bhityi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 09 October 2023, on the respective charges.

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