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Armed response officer ‘trusts his instinct’ and helps recover stolen vehicle

When an armed response officer in Port Elizabeth spotted a vehicle standing in the same spot for two days without rims or tyres, he knew that something was amiss and he raised the alarm. This ultimately led to the recovery of a hijacked vehicle.


“Thembinkosi Zweni was on patrol in Kwazakhele recently when he saw a white Nissan NP200 in the street with two occupants. He recognised the vehicle and that it had stood in the exact same spot the day before. Together with the condition of the vehicle, he felt that something was out of place and decided to investigate,” says Ryan Britz, branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Port Elizabeth.


Officer Zweni contacted the SAPS with a request for a registration check on the suspicious vehicle. SAPS confirmed that the vehicle was hijacked in Humansdorp and was involved in numerous armed robberies. The SAPS Flying squad responded and recovered the vehicle and started looking for possible suspects matching officer Zweni’s description of the two suspects.


Britz says he is very impressed with how officer Zweni trusted his instincts in this case.


“We all need to follow that kind of approach and be alert to our surroundings. If something looks out of place or looks suspicious, then I ask that you make contact with the SAPS or your armed response company. Please be vigilant and work with us to keep Port Elizabeth safe from crime,” he says.

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