A total of four individuals have been apprehended in connection with the theft of valuable engines worth R1.1 million from the Ford Motor Vehicle Company of South Africa (FMCSA) in Pretoria.
Among those arrested are two employees who work as security guards at FMCSA.
The arrests were carried out by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Pretoria, based on information provided by FMCSA regarding the potential theft.
According to the Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale, the alleged theft took place at FMCSA’s premises.
The suspects apparently used a courier company’s truck to load around 36 engines onto racks.
The truck then left the premises without following the correct procedure and went to offload the engines at a location in Charles Leyds Street, Eersterust.
However, upon investigation, the racks and forklift were found at the drop-off address, but the engines were missing.
During the inquiry, two elderly individuals present at the scene claimed to have no knowledge of the stolen cargo.
The suspects arrested include the two FMCSA security personnel, a mechanic who owns a repair shop, and the truck driver.
The four suspects are scheduled to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ court on Monday, July 24, 2023, to face charges related to the possession of suspected stolen property.
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