Bogus hitchhikers nabbed at Ventersburg

WINBURG - Two people who hijacked a truck driver at gunpoint after he gave them a lift were arrested at Ventersburg and will appear soon in the Winburg Magistrate Court.

On 05 July 2022 at about 18:00, a 52-year-old truck driver from George was refilling the truck with diesel when a person who introduced himself as Denver Jacobs asked for a lift together with his assistant. They travelled together until they reached the vicinity of Jakkalsdrift district Winburg when one of the suspects wanted to relieve himself.

He alighted from the truck and when he came back, he allegedly pointed the truck driver with a gun. The truck driver was tied on the neck and instructed to jump off from the truck.

The two suspects drove off in the Volvo truck with a load full of wheat. The truck driver managed to untie himself and asked for a lift from an Ambulance driving towards Ventersburg SAPS where he reported the incident. A case of truck hijacking was registered and Welkom K9 Unit was activated together with other Police Stations nearby. SAPS members were on the lookout until the truck was traced and identified at about 20:00.

The two suspects aged 25 and 27 years old from Western Cape and Phomolong Hennenman were arrested for possession of suspected stolen truck. A gas pistol was found in their possession.

The case will be investigated by Welkom Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit.

Source: South African Police Service