According to Yaseen Theba of Vision Tactical Armed Response, the Nestle truck was reported stolen by a tracking company on the morning of 22 June and its signal was picked up in the Killarney, Yeoville and Houghton areas.
Hours later, the missing truck was recovered on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street in Killarney. Theba said the contents of the truck had been offloaded and only some wrappings of the stolen chocolates remained in the truck.
“Our guys were able to locate the truck in less than 30 seconds of the call because of high density in those areas,” said Theba.
In a statement, Metro police’s Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed the arrest of two suspects.
Minnaar said, “Metro police officers discovered chocolates at a house in Lenasia Ext 9 on 25 June. These chocolates were suspected to have been removed from the Nestle truck found abandoned in Killarney on Thursday.
“More information led officers to a house in Kew where some more chocolates were found, as well as a machine which was used to change the expiry date on chocolates and on Red Bull cans.”
Two suspects have been charged with theft and hijacking.
“The men will likely appear in court on 27 June for the theft of chocolates worth thousands of rands,” said Minnaar.”
The one suspect will appear in Lenasia Magistrates’ Court and the other in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court.