Category Fraud/Crime

Hijacked with a plastic gun

16 March 2007 Gareth Crocker

A Gauteng driver who was hijacked yesterday morning (March 15, 2007) by five men must have thought his life was in real danger, until police later discovered that his assailants had in fact used a plastic handgun in the hijacking.

The vehicle was recovered later the same day by Tracker and The East Rand Flying Squad in Germiston where one man was arrested. The suspect then led police to two of his accomplices where they recovered the plastic handgun that was used in the hijacking.

"It's not clear why the suspects used a toy gun, but it's not the first time Tracker's recovery personnel have been involved in apprehending hijackers who have used fake guns. We've even encountered hijackers using knives and screwdrivers to commit their crimes. Hopefully this is a positive reflection on the government's efforts to clamp down on illegal firearms," says Gareth Crocker, Tracker's Communications Manager.

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