‘Breakthrough’ as cops nab hold-up suspects

2010-11-16 00:00

POLICE of the Hibberdene police station have arrested a gang of robbers wanted for several incidents on the South Coast.

Police went to a house in the Bangibizo location yesterday and arrested five men who were suspected of being involved in several armed robberies in Hibberdene.

When the members of the uniform branch and detectives approached the house, one of the suspects ran out wielding a bush knife and threatened to attack the policemen.

A policeman shot the man twice in the upper body. He survived.

Four more suspects exited the house and ran into the bushes.

Warrant Officer Willow le Roux of the K9 Unit responded and the other four suspects were apprehended.

The arrests followed after investigations were conducted into an armed robbery that occurred on Friday evening at about 9 pm when three suspects entered a tavern in the Nyangwini area.

Two were armed with firearms and the other with a knife. They pointed the firearms at the cashier and instructed the customers to lie down. They robbed them of cellphones and took liquor, cigarettes and airtime from the tavern.

After they fled, the robbers opened fire on a passing police vehicle from a neighbouring station.

The second robbery took place on Sunday at 12.45 am. The owner of tavern in Nomakhanzana was busy closing up when six males approached him.

They had two firearms and a knife and demanded that he re-open the tavern. They then told the owner to lie down before taking money from a small safe and demanding the key to a big safe. They left with cash, cellphones and a computer screen.

The third armed robbery occurred yesterday at around 10 am in the Makhoso area when six suspects with two firearms and a knife approached a delivery vehicle outside a wholesalers.

They took a wallet and a cellphone and fled the scene. While fleeing, they fired shots at the delivery vehicle. No one was injured.

Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SA Police Force in Port Shepstone said yesterday’s arrests came as “a breakthrough in these cases, and we are looking into the possibility that they could be linked to other recent cases such as housebreakings”.

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