ETHEKWINI Municipality is serious about ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all its residents and visitors, and in keeping with this, Metro Police this week arrested three suspects who are part of a car jamming syndicate which had been operating at City beaches.
The suspects who are part of the syndicate were arrested on 2 March. Metro Police had been investigating the syndicate for months, when they received reports from visitors to the beach saying their cars had been stolen even after they locked them. Investigations revealed that the criminals used a car remote jamming device to tamper with the unsuspecting victim’s car remote. The car owner would then assume they had locked their car. As soon as they walked away, the perpetrators would steal the vehicle.
Metro Police Deputy Head of Operations Steve Middleton said one of the police teams had been patrolling the beachfront when they received information that the gang had just stolen a vehicle at Snell Parade. “The members acted immediately and this led to the arrest of the three suspects. Through the arrests we also discovered items such as bags of clothing and gadgets that had been reported missing by the owners of the last two stolen cars,” he said. Middleton said the last two cars had also been stolen at the beachfront. “The suspects’ car had a Gauteng number plate, so we are assuming this could also have been stolen from a tourist,” said Middleton.
The suspects were handed over to the South African Police Service for processing and charging. They will face criminal charges. Middleton said the City was committed to fighting crime and creating a safe environment. “The arrest of this particular syndicate should send a message to all other criminals preying on our residents and visitors, that the City will not tolerate any criminal activity which are detrimental to the City’s reputation as a tourist destination,” he said.