THE FESTIVE season is fast approaching and criminals are out on the streets to break the law.

Three suspects were arrested on Wednesday, 24 November for hijacking a meat delivery truck in Mbekweni, Western Cape at about 2pm.

Sergeant Dawood Suliman said the three armed suspects demanded money and cellphones from the workers.

“The suspects used a crowbar to remove a safe with cash out of the truck, then they fled the scene in a white VW Polo. The driver of the truck followed the suspects after the incident and saw police officers, who were patrolling the area, and alerted them by means of hand signals,” Suliman said.

Suliman said while the suspects were being pursued by the cops, they stopped their vehicle and fled on foot.

“Mbekweni Crime Prevention Unit members, with the assistance of Boland K9 Unit, gave chase and managed to apprehend all three suspects.

“Two firearms which were used during the hijacking and the safe were seized. It was discovered that the vehicle used to commit the crime was linked to a Bishop Lavis hijacking case,” Suliman said.

Three suspects aged between 28 and 41 were arrested on charges of hijacking and possession of unlawful firearms, and are due to appear in the Paarl Magistrates Court.