Vehicle recovery firm Tracker and the police have cracked a vehicle theft syndicate operating in Grassy Park. Nine stolen and hijacked vehicles and stolen property to the value of nearly R500 000 were recovered.

Vehicle recovery firm Tracker and the police have cracked a vehicle theft syndicate operating in Grassy Park. Nine stolen and hijacked vehicles and stolen property to the value of nearly R500 000 were recovered.


Five people were arrested, one of whom is reportedly a police reservist. Police also uncovered information of stolen vehicle engines buried underground.


The syndicate was uncovered at the weekend when a stolen bakkie was traced to a house in Parkwood, Grassy Park. The bakkie, fitted with one of Tracker’s satellite recovery systems, had been stolen from the parking lot of the Durbanville Pick ‘n Pay.


A search of the recovery location revealed four additional stolen vehicles and led to the arrest of one suspect. The suspect then gave the SAPS information and a second house was searched - where two more stolen vehicles were recovered and two more arrests made.


Police returned to the original site and recovered laptops, credit cards, drivers licences, clothing, cameras, sound equipment, two vehicle engines and an unlicenced firearm. Further arrests were made, bringing the total number to five.


Members of the SAPS dug up engines that had been buried. The suspects are facing a total of 16 charges ranging from motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen goods and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Original article from Car