Police from the Ladysmith Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit seized 12 brand new vehicles on Wednesday, 17 May, that were apparently ordered in March for a dealership in Gauteng. The recovered vehicles, to the value of R4.7million, included six 4x4s and six 2x4s.
The company received an order from what they thought was a government department. The order was made with what appeared to be official department documents and order numbers. The cars were delivered to a municipal premises in the area raising the suspicion of the employee who then called the police.
Police officers from Ladysmith travelled to Gauteng where they consulted with employees of the company and also spoke to officials from the government department, who it turned out were unaware of this transaction.
Upon their return the police seized the vehicles. It is suspected that these cars were part of a scam to defraud the company and that the suspects intended to move the vehicles across the border. No arrests have as yet been made.