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News Article : Vehicle track leads to major crime bust
Category: Short-Term Insurance : Motor Vehicle
Author:ITInews Editor
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Posted:06 Jan 2006

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Vehicle crime is often linked to other crimes

The Johannesburg Flying Squad and a Tracker recovery team were performing a routine track of a stolen car today (January 4, 2006) when they stumbled onto a major crime scene that appears to involve vehicle theft, drug manufacturing, money laundering and piracy.

The discovery happened after a Tracker customer reported both her own and a friend's vehicle stolen from her home in Soweto. Tracker activated the unit in her car which led to a house in an affluent suburb in the south of Johannesburg where both cars were recovered.

Although no arrests have yet been made, in addition to the two stolen vehicles the following items were found on the scene: 

  • Several thousand Rand's worth of foreign currency. 
  • Registration papers for more than 20 vehicles.
  • Various passports and identity documents.
  • More than half a kilogram of mandrax powder. 
  • Some 3000 mandrax tablets. 
  • Packets of clothing labels for leading clothing brands. 
  • Equipment to make and process tablets. 
  • Special paper believed to be used in creating fake US Dollars.

Various police units are now investigating the case, including members of the organised crime and asset forfeiture units.

Says Tracker's Communications Manager, Gareth Crocker: "We've always said that vehicle crime is often linked to other crimes and this is a prime example of that. We're obviously delighted that the Tracker SAPS partnership continues to make inroads against serious and violent crime in South Africa."

For more information, please contact Chris Wilken, superintendent: Head of Communications, SAPS area: Johannesburg on 082 575 1773 or Tracker's Communications Manager, Gareth Crocker on (011) 380-0300 or 082 78 78 757.

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