It took military police under two months to track down and recover a national defence force transport vehicle stolen in broad daylight from a Valhalla shopping centre parking lot.
The truck, reportedly used to transport goods, was empty when the light-fingered thief or thieves, apparently in SA National Defence Force (SANDF) uniform, decided it was better off in the private sector on 28 July.
The specialist investigation branch and Thaba Tshwane military police area office were tasked to investigate by Colonel MDM Molefe, regional provost marshal.
A tip-off in mid-September saw a truck stopped for searching, presumably by military police, near Mabopane Junction north of Pretoria.
The SANDF reports the truck apparently finished offloading a cargo of bricks and was en route to an unknown destination when the military arm of the law stepped into the picture.
“A number of marks and features positively identified the truck as the one stolen from the Valhalla parking lot.
“It was fitted with false registration plates, had no licence disc and was branded with the wording ‘bricks and sand’ and a cell phone number of the apparent new owner,” the SANDF said.
In addition to the vehicle’s driver when it was stolen, reportedly an SA Air Force (SAAF) flight sergeant, charged with negligent loss of State property, other charges of theft and possession of stolen State property have been laid against two more suspects.