Alert Uitenhage police members arrest alleged car thief

UITENHAGE: In our relentless efforts to address property related crimes, which is in line with the strategy of the South African Police Service, and with our vigilant Back to Basics approach to policing by the members of Uitenhage SAPS, it resulted in the arrest of a suspect for the possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle. Due to the swift action by members of Uitenhage SAPS this morning, Friday, 4 May 2018, at 00:55, a red Nissan Sentra, worth R30 000 was recovered without the owner being aware that his motor vehicle was stolen.

Members from SAPS Uitenhage were busy conducting high visibility patrols in the Fairbridge Heights residential area this morning, 4 May 2018, when they noticed at about 00:55 a person driving suspiciously with a red Nissan Sentra in Lavender Crescent, Uitenhage. Police officials requested the driver to stop and they questioned him. The members tested the vehicle for ownership and it did not match the explanation that the driver gave to the police. Members went to the address of the rightful owner in Arum Street, Fairbridge Heights, which is very close to where the vehicle was found and woke the owner of the vehicle. The owner was not aware that his vehicle was stolen and confirmed that the vehicle was supposed to be stationary in his yard. Police officials arrested the 24-year-old male on the spot on a charge of theft of motor vehicle and he is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 7 May 2018 on the charge.

The head of Visible police at SAPS Uitenhage, Colonel Andre Swart commended the members for the excellent work and said: When operational duties are directed and coordinated, arrests are achieved to clamp down on property related crimes. The main objective of the SAPS is to remain focused, visible and to act with the intent to clamp down on crime effectively.

Source: South African Police Service