On Tuesday, 21 January 2014 members of Phoenix Crime Intelligence Unit together with Umhlali K9 Unit arrested two suspects aged 33 and 37 for opening a false case. They were arrested at Isipingo area and police recovered stolen goods worth approximately R350 000.
On 19 December 2013 a case of hijacking was opened at Empangeni Police Station. The suspect who was a sub contract driver for South African Breweries alleged that he was hijacked on the N2 North bound near Tongaat tollgate while he was on his way to deliver the stock at Empangeni. The truck was full of 2156 cases of beer. The case docket was transferred to Tongaat Police Station where it was taken over by the members of Phoenix Crime Intelligence Unit for further investigation.
Through intensive investigation a 37-year-old driver was arrested at Isipingo area. His arrest led to the apprehension of his 33-year-old accomplice. Police investigation revealed that the driver registered a false case and the hijacking was well planned. Members proceeded to Umlazi where they recovered the stock in a certain bottle store at D section in Umlazi. The arrested suspects will be charged for theft and perjury and will appear in the Verulam Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 24 January 2014.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, applauded the members for the good work of thoroughly investigating the case which led to the discovery of the staged hijacking. “We warn the public to not open false cases because our members will live no stone unturned in investigating such cases,” she said.