A 28-year-old man is set to make an appearance in the Tembisa Magistrates Court on Thursday, 17 June 2021. This after he was found in possession of body parts of cars that were stolen throughout the province.
“Intelligence driven information led to the arrest of a suspect who was found with engines and body parts of vehicles that were reported stolen. The vehicle parts to the estimated value of R800 000 were recovered at a chop shop in Tembisa on Tuesday 15 June 2021,” said South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo.
According to police, they had received a tip off about premises which were allegedly being used as a possible chop shop in the Tembisa area. Information claimed that parts of stolen and hijacked vehicles were being stored there. They then sprang into action – a multi-disciplinary operation was conducted and a team pounced on the location, then searched and seized the area.
“During the search, police recovered parts that includes engines and body parts of Nissans, Kia, Toyota Hilux and Isuzu bakkie that were reported stolen in Bedfordview, Edenvale, Alexandra, Ivory Park, Olievenhoutbosch, Welbekend and Johannesburg Central”
Gauteng Police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo
Gauteng police welcomes recoveries of stolen auto parts
Gauteng police management welcomed these recoveries and commended the team that worked tirelessly to ensure that police in Gauteng continue to disrupt the market for stolen and/or hijacked vehicles.
It isn’t clear if the accused is part of a network, however the matter is still under investigation. Back in May 2021, two Durban businesses were fined after pleading guilty to receiving stolen goods and failing to register as a motor vehicle builder.
The Durban Regional Court sentenced them to a collective fine of R150 000.
“The court fined them R280 000 fine, half of which was suspended for the two counts of receiving stolen property and R10 000 for failing to register as motor vehicle builder, thus resulting in the effective fine of R150 000,” the National Prosecuting Authority’s Natasha Kara said.