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Uitenhage police nab hijacking suspect

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Swift action by Uitenhage police has led to the arrest of a hijacking suspect and the recovery of a stolen truck and a 9mm pistol.

Police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart, said SAPS members received a report of a truck that was hijacked in Caledon Street, in Uitenhage, at around 10 am on Saturday.

She said they responded immediately and upon arrival at the scene spotted the vehicle moving in the direction of Despatch.

The truck suddenly stopped in Mills Street and two suspects jumped out and fled with police in pursuit.  One man was arrested and the firearm, with the serial number filed off, was recovered.

"It will be sent for ballistic testing," Swart said.

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She said other SAPS managed to recover the truck with all the stolen property.

“The 35-year-old man is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 25 May 2020 on charges ranging from hijacking, kidnapping, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition,” Swart said.

The hunt for his accomplice is continuing.

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