East police make arrests

Maxwell van Rooi was found dead in his complex in Morelete Park on Tuesday 7 November.

Two men were arrested in Sunnyside after they were found in possession of a stolen vehicle. It is believed that the vehicle was stolen in a robbery in which a Moreleta Park man was killed.

The body of Maxwell van Rooi (32) was found on 7 November afternoon in his house.

The police believe he was killed during a robbery the day before, and his car stolen.

“Information was received of the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle,” said police spokesperson Captain Ilze Jones.

“The two foreign nationals, aged 21 and 28, are expected to appear before the court on Monday on a murder and possession of stolen goods charge.”

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She said the men were arrested in Sunnyside on Wednesday afternoon.

Jones said the teams who helped nab the duo included Hawks, crime intelligence head office, Brinant security group intelligence team, Tracker investigations, SAPS cross-border operations, SA Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Garsfontein crime prevention unit.

Van Rooi family spokesperson Grizentia Mason said the family had reported him missing after they had not heard from him in 24 hours.

“We couldn’t get hold of him after his work called to ask where he was, and then we knew something was wrong.”

In another incident, a man was hijacked and kidnapped outside a security complex in Menlo Park on 9 November.

The 36-year-old was approached by three armed men and was forced into the back seat of his black Jeep with the registration number FX 04 HF GP.

The security guard at the gate was also threatened and ordered to lie down on the ground. The robbers drove around with their victim in his car before later transferring him to a white Mercedes Benz.

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The suspects spoke Zulu and the registration number for the white Mercedes Benz they used, started with FW.

She said the victim confirmed he had the seen the same car behind him more than once on his way home, but thought it was just a coincidence.

Anybody with information on the whereabouts of these vehicles or who can assist with information can contact the Brooklyn SAPS’s

24-hour number on 012- 366-1735/6 or the SAPS anonymously by phoning 08600-10111 or by sending an SMS to 32211.

The police urged motorists to be more vigilant on the road.

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