3 arrested after Muldersdrift shoot-out

2012-09-14 13:02


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Johannesburg - A Muldersdrift house robbery spree ended in a shoot-out with police and the arrest of three alleged robbers on Friday, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the first robbery happened shortly after 19:00 on Thursday evening, and left a 55-year-old man shot and wounded.

He was among a group of people outside their home when a barking dog alerted them to the approach of three or four men carrying firearms.

The group fled into the house, during which time the man was shot.

While police were investigating that robbery, they heard reports of a second attack - in the early hours of Friday morning - in which a television was stolen.

Police pursued the robbers to a field near the N14 Swartkop off-ramp, where a shoot-out ensued.

One alleged robber was shot and another two arrested. A fourth man escaped. The wounded robber was taken to hospital.
Police recovered clothes, two plasma televisions, cellphones and two unlicensed firearms.

Mogale said they were investigating a possible link between these robberies and the attack last week, in which 13-year-old Alyssa Botha was shot and killed in Muldersdrift.

"That is being investigated. We are not ruling out that possibility," Mogale said.

Gauteng DA spokesperson for community safety Kate Lorimer said that Thursday's house robbery happened only three houses away from the scene of the robbery that left Botha dead.

She said that 93% of the households on the same street had been the target of house robberies, with residents of the area complaining of a "wild west" environment.

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