The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have launched a manhunt for suspects who allegedly abandoned three top-of-the-range vehicles believed to have been stolen in South Africa.
The vehicles are a Toyota Hilux Legend 50 valued at R750 000, a Ford Ranger worth R770 000 and a Toyota Prado worth R359 900.
It is suspected that the vehicles were stolen from South Africa and were dumped along the Limpopo River before the criminals crossed the border and escaped into Zimbabwe.
The three vehicles were recovered by members of the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF).
SAPS’ Captain Moses Semono from Joint Tactical Headquarters Limpopo also revealed that a boat carrying livestock was intercepted on the Limpopo River.
He said this was unusual as the smuggling of livestock is more prevalent along the South Africa/Lesotho border. Said Captain Semono:
Our soldiers were busy with a standing patrol in the area of responsibility situated in Maphungubwe Game Reserve when a boat coming from Zimbabwe through the Limpopo River into South Africa was spotted.
Our soldiers confiscated the boat, whose Captain swam back to Zimbabwe. In the boat, there were nine sheep valued at R8 100 by the SA Police Service Stock Theft Unit, as well as 57 goats valued at R68 400.