Brothers arrested for robbery

2015-08-05 06:00
CAPT. STEPHEN THAKENG with the Toyota Corolla the alleged robbers were driving. Insert: Investigative officer Tsie Matlokotsi with the two suspects who will go on trial for allegedly  robbing women in Welkom. 
 Photo: Supplied

CAPT. STEPHEN THAKENG with the Toyota Corolla the alleged robbers were driving. Insert: Investigative officer Tsie Matlokotsi with the two suspects who will go on trial for allegedly robbing women in Welkom. Photo: Supplied

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TWO men suspected of robbing five females in separate incidents in Welkom last month, had their reign of terror ended after the police tracked them down.

The suspects, Masedi Elias Maqabe (21) and Mahlatsi August Maqabe (26), who are brothers, were arrested on 26 July.

The investigative officer Tsie Matlokotsi busted the two suspects at a house in Thabong.

The Maqabe brothers were set to appear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court yesterday (04/08), facing five charges of robbery.

Their first appearance was last Tuesday (28/07).

Capt. Stephen Thakeng, Welkom police spokesperson, said the Maqabe brothers fitted the descriptions given by the victims, aged between 12 and 25.

Descriptions fitting the first suspect, as given by the victims, were as follows: between 23 and 27 years of age, medium in complexion, about 1,75 m tall and slender.

The second suspect were described as being between 25 and 30 years of age, about 1,7 to 1,8 m tall and slender with a dark complexion.

Both of them are South Sotho speakers.

According to Thakeng, a thorough investigation is underway.

Upon the arrest of the Maqabe brothers at a house in Thabong, a white Toyota GL Corolla sedan with a GP registration X also fitiing the description given by the victims X was seized.

He said the Maqabe brothers had apparently utilised the vehicle when committing the robberies X one pretending to be a passenger and the other the driver of the taxi, being their modus operandi.

Thakeng said the spate of robberies reportedly happened on 2, 4 and 7 July with the suspects threatening the victims with a knife and screw driver and robbing them of items such as handbags, mobile phones, watches and bracelets.

He said the victims X a 24-year-old woman and a 16-year-old learner X were robbed at an open field near Naudéville and the Welkom Traffic Department approximately between 18:00 and 20:30.

The two unsuspecting victims got into the car at The Strip and the Goldfields Mall.

The third robbery in which three females, aged 12, 18 and 20 years became the victims took place on 7 July.

The three passengers were picked up at the Dagbreek shopping complex and robbed of their valuables at an open field near Lindsay Road.

Thakeng said in this instance the driver used the same ploy X asking the passengers if he could drop off the male passenger first and then driving to a secluded place to rob the victims.

“In all three incidents, the victims were threatened by the suspects, saying they would be raped if they tried to do something,” said Thakeng

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