Nine arrested for Higginson Highway smash and grab crimes

Nine suspects, who were allegedly involved in smash and grabs crimes on the Higginson Highway, were arrested on Wednesday by officers from Montclair SAPS, Crime Intelligence and the Kwadukuza Cluster Commander.

The recent increase in crimes on the highway prompted police officers to thoroughly investigate, which in turn led to the successful apprehensions. It is believed that before the arrests were made, a mother and her child were targeted by prowling criminals on the highway. An officer, who was part of the operation, said that nine suspects were arrested throughout the night through tracking and interrogation.

The first suspect’s arrest led to the second arrest. During midday, another three suspects were tracked down and subsequently detained. After much interrogation, an additional four suspects were also nabbed. In the latest smash and grab incident, it is believed that the suspects stole a woman’s spare tyre and thereafter sold it to another lady. The suspect was arrested while he was selling the stolen goods. It is believed that all arrested suspects are from the Lamontville area and are alleged drug addicts.

Communications officer for Montclair SAPS said, “We commend the officers who were part of this successful operation and we hope that this will send out a strong message to criminals.”

Lauren Beukes

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