GAUTENG cops pounced on a warehouse storing hijacked cars and arrested two suspects in Joburg on Tuesday, 7 September.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo said they received information about a warehouse in Booysens that was used as storage for parts of hijacked vehicles.

“Inside the warehouse, police found several parts of vehicles including 10 engines that have been linked to high-performance vehicles that were reportedly hijacked around Gauteng. The police also seized goods worth millions of rands that are suspected to have been stolen from hijacked trucks,” Masondo said.

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Police pounce on a warehouse in Johannesburg and recover dismantled high performance cars that were reportedly hijacked. photo by Trevor Kunene

He said a 28-year-old suspect, reported to be the owner of the warehouse, will be charged with possession of parts from suspected hijacked vehicles and possession of stolen property.

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“The second suspect, aged 23, was arrested after he came to the crime scene and offered the police a bribe. He’s facing a charge of bribery,” Masondo added.

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Police pounce on a warehouse in Johannesburg and recover dismantled high performance cars that were reportedly hijacked. photo by Trevor Kunene

Meanwhile, provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela has commended the collaboration with EMPD and JMPD that led to the discovery.

“I have instructed the investigating team to ensure that they trace and arrest the perpetrators responsible for high-performance vehicle hijackings, as well as truck hijackings. We have their loot and now we must bring them to book,” said Mawela.