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Suspect arrested while trying to sell stolen Toyota Fortuner

A suspect who tried to sell a stolen Toyota Fortuner at a dealership in Randburg stepped up his guns after his immediate arrest.

The 53-year-old male suspect was arrested by Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) K9 Unit for possession of a stolen Toyota Fortuner in Randburg Newlands.

How a stolen Toyota Fortuner was recovered

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said officers on Saturday, July 23, 2022, while on a crime prevention patrol, received a message from TrackerSA about a white Toyota Fortuner that had been stolen under the Norwood SAPS case.

“Police responded to the location of the stolen vehicle and found a man trying to sell the car at a dealership on Main Road in Newlands,” he said.

“The male suspect was arrested and detained in SAPS, Florida. He will appear in court in due course,” Fihla added.

He also added that the stolen vehicle has been seized and registered with SAPS Lenasia pound for verification.

This arrest follows another male suspect who was in possession of a hijacked vehicle in Malbarton.

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Another Toyota recovered

“On Friday, July 22, 2022, at approximately 22:00, officers received surveillance of a white Toyota Hilux that was hijacked during the day.
The vehicle’s tracking signal was traced to Broad Street in Malbarton.

After arriving at the aforementioned location, the premises were searched and the vehicle was found in the garage.

Further information received by officers led to the arrest of the male suspect. He was detained at the Mondeor police station,” Fihla elaborated.

He further explained that the 55-year-old man faces a charge of possessing a hijacked car.

The arrest was carried out by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) K9 unit in conjunction with the SAPS Johannesburg K9 unit in Malbarton.

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