A grey Opel Corsa bakkie that was stolen from a school in Rondebosch in October was finally found earlier this week, after it was discovered that it had been used as the robbers’ getaway vehicle.
The car thieves were driving the stolen vehicle in Rondebosch on Tuesday, and South African Police Services (SAPS) identified the number plate as belonging to it. Upon recognising the number plate, the police pursued the robbers in a high-speed chase followed on Tuesday evening.
The robbers crashed the vehicle in their attempts to escape and were apprehended.
Speaking to IOL, City of Cape Town Metro Police spokesperson, Ruth Solomons said that the vehicle had been stolen from a school in the Rondebosch area.
“They spotted the vehicle at the corner of Main and Belmont roads, but the driver refused to stop and sped off. The ensuing chase ended when the driver crashed at the corner of Klipper Road and Newlands Avenue,” she said.
When the vehicle was searched, police officers discovered two fake firearms, stolen bank cards, and housebreaking tools. They also discovered a small quantity of tik, dagga and mandrax.
“The suspects, aged 27, 36 and 46, were arrested on a range of charges and detained at Rondebosch Police Station,” Solomons said. “There were two guys from Heideveld and the third guy lives in Rondebosch. They also found two wallets, but it is not clear how or where the suspects got that stuff and whether they broke into cars on the night.”
The suspects will appear on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, drugs, housebreaking implements, imitation firearms, and possession of stolen property.
They will also be charged with reckless and negligent driving.