’Plain hijackers behind bars

Sergeant Marco van Neel and Constable Sharleen Bosman with the confiscated liquor.

Three men were arrested after they were caught in a car which had been hijacked in Somerset West on Friday April 21.

Later in the morning, police spotted the silver Ford Fiesta in Mitchell’s Plain and tried to stop it to conduct a search but the driver sped off. Police eventually caught up with the vehicle and found that it had been hijacked.

Mitchells Plain and Lentegeur SAPS arrested the men who were between the ages of 23 and 34.

In an unrelated incident, on the same day at 11pm, two men aged 24 and 37 were arrested for robbery in 7th Avenue in the Town Centre.

They had allegedly entered the business premises armed with a knife and an iron pipe.

Captain Ian Williams, spokesperson for Mitchell’s Plain police, said they made off with two laptops, an undisclosed amount of cash, a cellphone and a Quantam microbus. Police patrolling the area spotted the vehicle and arrested the two men, recovering the stolen property.

A 57-year-old man was arrested for selling liquor without a valid licence in Hengelaar street in Beacon Valley on Thursday April 20. Police confiscated 25 crates of beer and 268 empty bottles.

On the same day, a 32-year-old man was arrested for trading without a valid second-hand goods licence in Cypress Street, Westridge. The police confiscated 138 second-hand tyres.

A 28-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a black Star 9mm pistol with one magazine, five live rounds of ammunition and one empty cartridge in Parkhuis Street in Tafelsig on Thursday April 20.

Police found an abandoned firearm in Hertzog Street in Eastridge on Wednesday April 19. They were patrolling when residents called them to show them a 9mm pistol.

A 30-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of 74 mandrax tablets in Korfbal Street in Beacon Valley on Monday April 17. Police searched the man and found the drugs wrapped in foil.