THE THUGS thought they had hit the jackpot when they hijacked a truckload of booze in the early hours of Monday morning.
But it took only 15 minutes for the law to spoil their party.
The police responded to the tracking unit on the truck, which showed it was at a warehouse on the corner of Chris and Christina streets in Alberton, Ekurhuleni – not far from where it was hijacked!
Spokesman for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said the truck was recovered within 15 minutes of it being reported stolen.
“On arrival at the location the Metro cops found six men offloading boxes of liquor from the trailers of the truck.
“Preliminary investigations at the scene revealed that the liquor was stolen goods, with a case registered at Kempton Park,” Kgasago said.
The truck had been transporting dozens of boxes of expensive brands of cognac and gin.
Kgasago said the suspects, aged between 21 and 62, were arrested and detained at Alberton Police Station in connection with possession of stolen goods and a hijacked vehicle.
“The recovered truck was taken to SAPS Van Rhyn Deep pound and the liquor was handed over to the Alberton Police Station,” said Kgasago.
He said the suspects were expected to appear soon in Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.