The South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed on Wednesday 27 January 2021 that the Vehicle Crime Investigation Units (VCIU) recovered 40 suspected stolen vehicles in the North West Province.

Stolen vehicles recovered in North West

According to Captain Sam Tselanyane from the office of the Provincial Commissioner in the province, the team also arrested 28 suspects. Here’s what we know.

Captain Tselanyane said the taskforce is commited to its “continuous efforts to tighten the grip against criminality” and explained that the “operations were a joint effort of various VCI Units in the area.

Teams from Rustenburg, Lehurutshe, Klerksdorp and Mahikeng joined forces for an operation which was conducted between Tuesday, 1 December 2020 and Friday, 22 January 2021.

“The objective of this operation was mainly to disrupt carjacking and motor vehicle theft activities in the province and follow up on information that was provided by the sources regarding these activities”.

Captain Sam Tselanyane, North West SAPS

Confiscated vehicles to value of R5 million

As per SAPS’ press release, the “vehicles confiscated range from sedans, light delivery vehicles (LDV), light passenger vehicles (Combis), trucks, trailers to motorbikes.

The team estimates the total value of all confiscated vehicles to be more than R5 million.

Following a successful mission, provincial commissioner of the North West province, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena commended everyone who participated in the operation. Lieutenant Kwena also called on members of the community to continue joining hands with the police in the fight against crime.

‘Alcohol seized’ in North West

In other news from the North West, the South African Police Services confirmed that Brits Visible Policing (VISPOL) members “acting on a tip-off arrested a store manager and a customer in Brits on 25 January 2021”.

The suspects were arrested for “contravention of the Lockdown adjusted Level 3 Disaster Management Act Regulations”. Officers reportedly seized alcohol worth R16 250.

“A crime intelligence-driven operation conducted by the Brits Visible Policing members resulted in the arrest of two males […] The pair was arrested at approximately 12:00 after a tip-off was received about an apparent contravention of the Lockdown Regulations: Selling and/or dispensing of alcohol by the shop owner whose store sells milk”. 

Upon arrival, the store manager “was found selling liquor to a client”. Officials conducted a search of the premises which lead to “the discovery of liquor hidden inside potato bags”.

Both the store manager and the client were arrested and issued with fines. The store manager, aged 54, was fined R5 000 while R1 000.00 was issued to the 50-year-old client.

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