Alleged thieves arrested

2016-05-27 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The stolen goods that were recovered.

PHOTO: supplied The stolen goods that were recovered.

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AN integrated effort by law enforcement officers and a private security company yielded results when they cornered and arrested four suspects for robbery and recovered stolen goods to the estimated value of R680 000.

On Wednesday, at about 9am at eMachunwini area near Harding, a vehicle carrying cigarettes was robbed at gunpoint and the suspects fled in two vehicles towards Ixopo.

Description of the vehicle was circulated to neighbouring stations and other law enforcement in the area. The station commander of Ixopo SAPS received information that the suspects were on their way to Ixopo and mobilised members to be on a lookout for these vehicles.

Members from the Road Traffic Inspectorate spotted a black Audi fitting the description of the suspected vehicle driven by the suspects and pulled it over. The vehicle had three occupants inside and the driver jumped out as instructed by the members who wanted to search the boot of the vehicle.

As the members were busy with the driver, the passenger quickly jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off leaving their friend behind with police. The getaway suspects did not get far, they were cornered by the Ixopo SAPS shortly thereafter.
Realising there was no way out they drove their vehicle into the bush and alighted hiding inside the bush.

Pietermaritzburg K9 members were summoned and as soon as they entered the bush with the dogs one suspect jumped out and was arrested. The second vehicle, a Ford Ranger, was intercepted by Magma Security guards in Creighton and arrested two suspects.
Further investigation led the members back to house at eMachunwini where they discovered 23 boxes of stolen cigarettes.

The arrested suspects will be charged with armed robbery and appeared at the Harding Magistrate’s Court today.

The acting KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bhekinkosi Langa commended the members for their hard work that led to the arrest and the recovery of stolen goods.
“The detectives and crime intelligence members will trace the outstanding suspect, who disappeared in the bushes in the Ixopo area.
“We believe that these suspects might be involved in other hijackings where vehicles transporting cigarettes were robbed,” he said.

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