Two arrested in connection with robbery of Crime Line boss

2013-11-26 16:41

Two men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the Pretoria home of Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee.

Police Brigadier Neville Malila said three men were caught in Atteridgeville yesterday and two of them had been positively linked to robberies at two homes in Erasmia, including Abramjee’s.

“They were arrested for a spate of house robberies, burglaries and hijackings around Pretoria.”

Police seized three stolen cars, two unlicensed firearms, ammunition and money at the men’s homes.

On Friday morning, armed robbers broke into Abramjee’s house, demanded the keys to his BMW and fired shots while they reversed out of the garage.

Earlier that morning, the robbers had targeted another house in nearby Senorita Street, but police interrupted them.

Malila said the men were caught following various leads and tip-offs.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said they were being linked to several cases in the Pretoria area and that more charges could follow.

Abramjee commended residents for blowing the whistle and urged them to continue doing so.

“We must now ensure that the suspects are convicted and punished.”

The men, aged between 22 and 37, would appear in the Atteridgeville Magistrates’ Court tomorrow on charges including extortion.

They had allegedly tried to buy a docket from the police, said Malila.

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