Truck carrying liquor worth over R1-million hijacked in Nelson Mandela Bay
A truck transporting liquor worth more than R1-million was hijacked outside the Showground Liquor Store in Sydenham in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday morning.
The truck was parked outside the Old Uitenhage Road store preparing to off-load when it was hijacked by three men shortly before 8am.
The truck was loaded with several pallets of expensive alcohol‚ including high-end whiskey and bourbons‚ valued at about R1.2-million.
Over the past two weeks‚ more than 10 delivery trucks – carrying an assortment of stock – have been hijacked in the Bay in separate incidents.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the truck had pulled up to the store but that the loading bay was not yet open.
“The truck was carrying stock to be off-loaded at the store. The driver then parked the truck and walked towards the admin offices to ask about opening the gates‚” she said.
“As he was walking towards the office‚ he noticed a minibus pull in behind the truck. He thought that it was suspicious so ran towards the neighbouring business to call for help.”
Naidu said the man had run out only to find the truck driving off.
“The truck had three staff members inside at the time of the hijacking. They were taken with during the hijacking and then dropped off in the Veeplaas area‚” she said.
“Police were alerted to the hijacking and the truck was found by the Flying Squad about 10 minutes later in Dyasi Street‚ New Brighton. Several boxes are believed to have been stolen‚ however the majority of stock was still inside the truck.”
Naidu said the three staff members were unharmed during the incident.
“The exact amount of alcohol that was taken is unknown currently. The company is doing a stock take in order to determine the exact amount of alcohol stolen‚” she said.
On Monday‚ a refrigeration truck carrying carcasses and boxes of assorted meat was hijacked outside Shoprite in Daku Road‚ Kwazakhele.
The truck was found abandoned in Avenue E in New Brighton a short while later – all the meat had been stolen.
Naidu said that a case of hijacking was under investigation.