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Wynberg bust: Task team recovers stolen groceries worth R200k

Undercover officers conducted surveillance of the facility before moving in on suspects.

Task team members with the suspects leave the storage facility following the arrest. Picture: Govan Whittle/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have arrested five people and recovered goods worth more than R200,000 at a storage facility in Wynberg, northern Johannesburg.

A sting operation led by the Provincial Task Team pounced on the suspected truck hijackers this morning as they were offloading stolen groceries.

Undercover officers conducted a surveillance operation at this storage facility this week, before moving in on the suspects this morning.

The warehouse has three big garage doors.

An 18 wheeler articulated truck filled with groceries and other goods was parked on the pavement when the task team arrived there this morning.

The police's Katlego Mogale says the group had a wide range of goods.

"The suspects were still busy offloading the goods off the truck. The members arrested five of them on the scene. The truck was carrying groceries which included oils, soap, paper as well as paraffin stoves."

Employees working at the companies around the facility don't seem surprised by the bust and say several trucks make use of the warehouse on a daily basis.