PMB cops nab most wanted gang

2010-05-07 00:00

A DEDICATED team from the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit arrested a group of the most wanted criminals in Gauteng this week.

The men were initially wanted for numerous ATM bombings in KZN, but after the arrest they were also linked to the murder of three police officers in Mpumalanga two weeks ago.

The group of eight men, who are from Nqutu, Newcastle, Soweto and Katlehong, were arrested in Gauteng on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They were found in possession of a large amount of money, believed to be the loot from ATM bombings.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said the ATM bombings, which led to a lengthy investigation by the Pietermaritzburg police team, happened in various parts of KZN since 2009.

He said that during the arrest the suspects were found in possession of various weapons, including a CZ 75, a Lama .38 pistol, one BXP (Uzzi) submachine gun, ammunition, cellphones, money, explosives and detonators used for ATM bombings.

“Since October 2009, ATMs have been bombed in KZN, particularly in the areas of Winterton and Bergville.

“Investigations by the Organised Crime Unit in Pietermaritzburg resulted in positive developments whereby several names began surfacing. This is what led to the two-day operation in Gauteng,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo said he cannot reveal where the arrests took place, saying that this information might jeopardise their chances of making further arrests.

“There are many more people who we need to arrest here.”

He said after the arrest, police also established that the men were linked to the murder of three officers in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga on April 25.

The three police officers had attended a domestic violence incident when they noticed suspicious people in a vehicle. As they approached the vehicle, they were shot and killed.

 

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