Tracking devices helped police recover stolen vehicles and arrest five suspected hijackers after two hijacking incidents in Gauteng last week.

Tracking devices helped police recover stolen vehicles and arrest five suspected hijackers after two hijacking incidents in Gauteng last week.

Members of the Middelburg dog and detective units, monitoring a stolen vehicle through the Tracker system, arrested three hijackers, while two other suspects were killed.

Five armed men robbed teachers at Tlhako High School, outside Dennilton. They stole jewellery and cellphones, escaping in one of the teacher’s vehicle, which was fitted with Tracker.

The suspects drove off in the direction of Grobblersdal. The owner of the car called Tracker, the tracking system was activated and the police alerted. The police spotted the car about 30 minutes later.

The hijackers became aware of the police presence, turned the vehicle around and drove towards oncoming traffic. The robbers opened fire on two police vehicles, before driving into a ditch. Two suspects were fatally wounded in the shootout.

Meanwhile, reported that three men were arrested in Sandringham on Friday. Police had been following a Netstar tracking signal on an Opel Corsa hijacked in Lindhurst earlier in the day. They recovered the vehicle, but noticed four men in a red BMW following a woman in a white car. They followed the BMW, which tried to outrun the police, but was eventually stopped.

Police found a stolen handgun in the vehicle. The car was also listed as possibly used in hijackings. The three men were arrested.