A R600k+ abalone bust near Thornhill yesterday
- Edited by Bev Mortimer
The SAPS yesterday stopped two cars they were waiting for on the N2 near Thornhill off-ramp and seized R600+ worth of abalone.
The vehicle occupants fled into the bushes and escaped capture but the SAPS says their arrest is imminent.
A Jeffreys Bay resident alerted the K9 Humansdorp unit around 5 am yesterday morning, 10 November, about suspicious people, busy loading plastic bags into two cars, a red VW Polo and a blue Audi, at the beach in Pellsrus, Jeffreys Bay. Immediately, a K9 vehicle was dispatched to monitor the N2 road between Jeffreys Bay and Thornhill with the assistance of SAPS Thornhill.
Moments later, the two vehicles were spotted on the N2 and were both pulled off the road. The occupants in both vehicles disembarked and ran to the nearby bushes.
A search was conducted, but the three suspects were not found. In the cars police found abalone estimated at more than R600 000. The cars were also seized for further investigation.
Police opened a case of contravening the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998 (illegal transporting of abalone) for further investigation.
Police say they are closing in on the suspects, and their arrest is imminent.