Prompt action by police in Uitenhage led to the arrest of a suspected hijacker and the seizure of a firearm.
Police in the Eastern Cape town received information about a truck hijacked in Caledon Street at about 10am on Saturday.
The two hijackers allegedly overpowered and took the three occupants of the truck, who deliver goods to various local clothing stores, during the hijacking.
Capt. Police spokesperson Gerda Swart said police spotted the hijacked truck traveling in the direction of Despatch almost immediately.
Shortly before Mills Street, the truck suddenly stopped and two men jumped.
Swart said police pursued the men and arrested a 35-year-old suspect. a 9 mm pistol, whose serial number was scraped, and several cartridges confiscated.
Police also recovered the hijacked truck with the stolen property in Bubbs Drive. After the hijackers jumped at the truck, the driver of the truck drove to Bubbs Drive in an attempt to get away from the hijackers.
The suspect will appear in court on Monday on charges of hijacking, kidnapping and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Swart says further complaints may be added later.
The search for the suspect’s mate continues.
Brig. Thandiswe Kupiso, the Uitenhage police area’s acting commander, thanked the community for the role they played in reporting the crime, as well as the police members for their prompt action.