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A hijacked truck was recovered in Paarl. Photo: SAPS.

Police: Hijacked truck with goods worth R1m recovered in Paarl

Two suspects were arrested for possession of a hijacked truck and presumed stolen property on Sunday night in northern Paarl.

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A hijacked truck was recovered in Paarl. Photo: SAPS.

An intelligence-driven operation by Western Cape police led to the recovery of a hijacked truck in Paarl on Sunday night, 18 July.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said the truck was hijacked in Bishops Lavis, Cape Town. It was reportedly travelling from Strand towards Paarl.

“The members followed the truck until it stopped in Northern Paarl. The members descended on the truck as well as a Renault Sandero that was escorting the truck and search the occupants as well as the cargo loaded on the truck,” said Swartbooi.

The truck’s cargo included electronic equipment and household appliances, said police. The two men were arrested and detained on charges of possession of a hijacked motor vehicle and the possession of presumed stolen property.

Photo: SAPS.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Paarl Magistrate’s Court on the aforementioned charges once they are charged.

Trucks have been involved in several arrests over the last week. In an unrelated matter, Free State police recovered catalytic converters worth approximately R80 million. The vehicle parts were allegedly stolen from a truck that was hijacked in May.

The 44-year-old owner of the warehouse where the goods were found was arrested as he could not produce proof of ownership of the catalytic converters.