claremont skelm car hijacked

A man alleged to be part of a gang of criminals who have been terrorizing Claremont residents was arrested by the Metropolitan Police while on patrol.

According to a source, the group was driving a hijacked Ford Figo and robbing unsuspecting people on the streets.

While driving through Manenberg, a member of the gang was caught.

City Security Mayco Member JP Smith explains: “On Sunday, Metropolitan Police officers arrested a suspect for possession of a hijacked vehicle on Klipfontein Road, Manenberg. Officers were on crime prevention patrol in the area when they stopped a silver Ford Figo for a routine traffic stop.

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“Officers noted that there was no license disc and investigation confirmed that the vehicle was hijacked. Officers also discovered that the license plates were fraudulent and that the vehicle was involved in an armed street robbery. The suspect, aged 39, was admitted to SAPS Manenberg.

“Officers also confiscated a mobile phone and cash worth R360. The vehicle was delivered to the Stikland SAPS vehicle depot facility. SAPS investigators are now seeking to link this vehicle and the suspects to a variety of street robberies that have occurred in the southern suburbs.”

Police spokesman Sergeant Wesley Twigg confirmed the man was arrested by Metropolitan Police for possession of a hijacked or stolen motor vehicle.

“The case will be investigated by Manenberg detectives.”

Claremont Councilman Mikhail Manuel says a resident was assaulted in broad daylight on Sunday, apparently by the same gang. The incident was captured on security cameras.

“There was a robbery near Cavendish Square, a vehicle stopped and three men got out and approached a pedestrian who was getting out of another vehicle and stole a laptop from him, got back in the car and drove off.”

He says his ward has cameras that check all vehicle license plates to see if the vehicle could be linked to a crime.

“We have a database of vehicles that are linked to various crimes. “The license plate recognition network will be able to detect if the vehicle was linked to previous crimes.”

According to him, the car confiscated in Manenberg had different license plates, but the officers allegedly found them in the trunk, captured by their cameras.

“It was discovered that the license plates were removed, the plates that were in the trunk were the same ones related to the Claremont robbery.”