Umhlali K9 unit members were busy with their normal patrols in and around the Nyoni area near Mandeni. Members noticed a suspicious looking Vito vehicle with four occupants which looked like the same vehicle that was allegedly involved in an armed robbery that took place in Kwadukuza. Members pursued and gave chase to the said vehicle, which was eventually stopped. Two suspects who were inside were arrested. The vehicle was searched and found with suspected stolen cigarettes which were taken during the robbery at Nyoni area. Cash as well as cellphones were also recovered.
It is alleged that yesterday, 7 July 2015 at about 09:30 a 26-year-old man was delivering cigarettes at a Supermarket at Nyoni area when he was approached by the suspects at gunpoint and instructed him to get inside his own vehicle. They demanded car keys and drove with him in his vehicle until they reach Isithebe area where they parked the vehicle and off loaded cigarettes to the suspect’s Vito vehicle, and drove away. They left the victim unharmed and he drove to the police station to report the incident. The suspects might be linked to other robbery that was reported at KwaDukuza area.
The vehicle was impounded and suspects aged 22 and 32 years were arrested and charged for armed robbery, possession of property suspected to be stolen and carjacking. They are expected to appear in the Nyoni Magistrate’s Court soon.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the members for the arrest of the suspects. “Our members from Crime Intelligence will work around the clock to establish if these suspects are not wanted in other cases where vehicles delivering cigarettes were targeted. We would like to send a strong message to all criminals, that they shall be dealt with by the full might of the law,” she said.