During the early morning hours of 25 June, we heard a radio alert call and received an alert message on PCPF Response Group about two vehicles and a trailer that were stolen during a farm attack
We immediately responded by collaborating with Tracker in the pursuit to recover the stolen vehicles. After the vehicles were recovered we backtracked movements.
We came past a residence in the Winterveld area. At first, we passed the residence and couldn’t find any trace of the trailer or the stolen items. We turned around at the corner of the street Upon doing so we noticed 2 vehicles with at least 4 people standing outside the house given us more attention than most people, we were busy passing them when we noticed a piece of the trailer.
We immediately made contact with the owner to ask about the description of the trailer. The owner did identify his trailer over the phone and it matched the description of the trailer that we saw. During this time we were busy notifying the owner, the suspects started to make a run for it. The first vehicle pulled out the yard and drove off, when the 2nd vehicle wanted to drive off we blocked his escape route. The suspect climbed out of the vehicle and ran behind the house.
We had no other choice but to wait for back-up because we were outnumbered in an unknown terrain for us. SAPS and Bidvest Protea Coin National Task Team ground units and Airwing responded within minutes of the call
We cautiously approached the house. We entered the premises and searched the property for the suspect. Upon searching for the suspect we noticed all household items in the house. We searched the house and vehicle. In the vehicle, we found a lot of female jewelry. We made contact with the owner so that he can describe all the items that were taken from them. It all matched up.
The Police immediately started with their investigation, no arrests have been made as of yet. All the stolen items were handed back to the owner
A special thanks to all involved:
PCPF RESPONSE GROUP
BIDVEST PROTEA COIN NATIONAL TASK TEAM
SOUTH-AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
GAC RISK SOLUTIONS