South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers have foiled some criminals' attempts to smuggle stolen automobiles out of South Africa.
SANDF soldiers find numerous stolen automobiles
Captain A. Tamela of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) reported on several recently recovered stolen vehicles. He began with a joint operation by the 5 South African Infantry Battalion and Jozini police close to the Eswatini and Mozambique borders.
A robbery on January 12 at the nearby KwaJobe Village resulted in the recovery of a grey Ford Everest with an R720 000 assessed value. Soldiers were tipped off the next day about a suspected stolen Hyundai H1 minibus with a market value of R350 000.
It was found that the car's original engine had been replaced, along with a false license plate and fraudulent license disk. Four suspects and the driver were taken into custody and transported to Jozini Police Station.
The South African Police Services and the SA National Defence Force also found another stolen car that day. Between Jozini and Nongoma, on the R66, a white Ford Ranger was spotted. According to reports, the vehicle was stolen in Pretoria last year.
The car's driver was detained and escorted to the Pongola police station. The car is worth an estimated R319 900. Another instance resulted in the recovery of a white Mercedes Benz thanks to the combined efforts of the South African Police Services, the SA National Defence Force, and the Vehicle Tracking Unit.
When pursuing a stolen vehicle at Jozini on January 13, the National Traffic Police and Alpha Security requested assistance from the 5 South African Infantry Battalion. An unloaded AK-47 and two pieces of R5 ammunition were discovered inside the abandoned car.
The R320 000 car was delivered to the police station in Jozini. According to Tamela, the cash-in-transit crime at Jozini Mall on January 12 was connected to the Mercedes Benz, Hyundai H1, and Ford Ranger.
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