A Ford Ranger that was stolen from a petrol garage in Sandton, Gauteng in November was recovered at the Maputo border post in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Saturday, December 5.

The vehicle was hidden in the back of a truck destined for Mozambique. The vehicle was covered under a load of traditional brooms.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Nelspruit are currently searching for the driver of the truck who was transporting the stolen vehicle.

Mpumalanga SAPS provincial spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said: “It is believed that the driver was intending to cross the border to Mozambique with the stolen car. According to [SAPS] reports, the police at the border were busy with their duties when they noticed a suspicious white truck with Mozambican registration number plates fully loaded with traditional brooms.

“The members became concerned and were convinced that there might be something sinister about the truck. The driver was not available and members got information that he had gone to SARS offices to complete certain documents required when crossing the border with goods.

“Members then went to look for him at SARS offices but they could not find him and they began searching the truck,” said Mdhluli.

The police then discovered the vehicle with false number plates attached. It was then uncovered that the car had been stolen in Sandton on November 30.

Anyone with information that can assist police in the investigation are urged to call 013 793 7382 / 013 793 7321 or Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP which can be downloaded to any smartphone.

Picture: Twitter/ SAPS

Article written by

Imogen Searra