Fleeing thieves hit tree after high speed car chase and shootout

After a high speed car chase and shootout near Brits, three battery thieves drove into a tree and police managed to catch two while the third fled, still shooting at the police.


Members of the Hartbeespoort police received a tip-off on Wednesday afternoon, 24 February, about three armed suspects in the Crocodile mine area between Hartbeespoort and Brits.
The suspects were spotted in a Hyundai H1 close to the mine around 16:00 and when they saw the police, one of the suspects started shooting at the police members. A high speed chase ensued on the old Rustenburg road through traffic, with the suspect still shooting at the police through an open door of the Hyundai H1. Near Brits Poles, the suspects lost control of the vehicle and collided with a Marula tree. The armed suspect fled.
The other two suspects also tried to run away, but were caught by police members. Ten lithium batteries, stolen from cellphone towers, were found in the suspects’ vehicle.
Police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde said the police are investigating cases of attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen property.