Cigarette thieves may face attempted murder charge

2015-12-16 06:00

TWO suspects arrested by members of the Umhlali SAPS on Wednesday, 9 December, following a robbery that took place in the Newark area may face attempted murder charges.

According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala, the victim, who was driving his Caddy motor vehicle in the Newark area, was approached by a group of suspects who were driving two vehicles.

“They forced the victim to stop and they off-loaded cigarettes from his vehicle into their vehicles before they fled from the scene. Umhlali police members were alerted and soon after spotted the suspicious vehicles in the KwaDukuza area,” read the statement.

Umhlali SAPS members tried to stop the suspects, but the suspects started to shoot at the police.

One suspect was injured during the shootout - both suspects were arrested and police recovered the stolen cigarettes valued at a street value of R250 000.

The suspects aged between 32 and 33, are facing charges of possession of property suspected to be stolen, attempted murder and armed robbery.

“We will fight crime to the bitter end and will come out victorious against the criminal elements in the community we serve. This was an armed robbery carried out in broad daylight and could have resulted in innocent people being wounded or even killed,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

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