A 17-year-old laaitie has been arrested with a hijacked truck loaded with appliances.
The lorry was hijacked at N1 City in Goodwood while carrying household appliances to the value of R800 000.
The appliances were being delivered to furniture shops at the mall when the hijacking took place.
However, cops quickly located the truck using the tracker installed on it and it led them to a house in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.
When police arrived at the property, they found the lorry parked in the street.
And they found a range of top-name appliances - including washing machines, stoves and fridges - still in their boxes, standing in the driveway after being offloaded from the truck.
Police spokesperson Colonel André Traut explains: “The swift reaction of the Western Cape Flying Squad after a truck with cargo was hijacked at N1 City in Goodwood resulted in the arrest of a suspect on Tuesday. The members were alerted that a truck with household appliances was hijacked and they immediately started with an investigation and followed the signal of a tracker unit that was installed in the vehicle.
“The signal led the police to a residence in Mandela Park in Khayelitsha where the truck and the stolen cargo valued at around R800 000 were recovered. One suspect, a 17-year-old male, was arrested.
“Once charged, he is expected to make a court appearance in Khayelitsha for the possession of the stolen property.”
Khayelitsha CPF chairperson Funeka Soldaat commended the police for their swift action: “The police worked in finding the truck before the appliances were unloaded.
“We plead with the public to report unusual activities they notice in our areas.
“The fight for crime is not the responsibility of the police only.”