Hijacked bakkie recovered with cigarettes and drop safe

A search helicopter was routed to the call and provided aerial support to security forces on the ground.

An Isuzu bakkie loaded with several cases of cigarettes and a drop safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash was recovered at the Canelands Intersection in Verulam on Tuesday.

Members of a local security company were called out to a general dealer on Hazelmere Road in Canelands after one of their suppliers was hijacked.

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Upon arrival, it was established that three suspects who were armed with firearms held up the individual as he exited the store and was in the process of removing stock from the back of the vehicle.

The suspects fled with the victim’s bakkie in an unknown direction.

Security forces went in search of the bakkie and the armed suspects and found the Isuzu bakkie abandoned at the Canelands Intersection.

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The public pointed security forces in the direction of an informal settlement where the suspects were believed to be hiding.

A search helicopter was routed to the call and provided aerial support to security forces on the ground. An extensive search of the informal settlement was conducted, however, the suspects remain at large.

The victim was not injured during the robbery.

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Avinash Singh

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