Gang nabbed for heists, attacks in Pretoria, Johannesburg

2015-10-18 22:07
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Cape Town - Four Zimbabwean men linked to a number of house and business robberies as well as murders and attempted murders in Pretoria North and Johannesburg South will appear in the local magistrate’s court on Monday.

A tip off led to three of the men, believed to be part of a bigger gang, being nabbed, confirmed police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

"More arrests of their accomplices may follow soon," he said in a statement.

"Three suspects were arrested in Pretoria North after police received information about an imminent business robbery in the area. The suspects were spotted travelling in a Toyota Rav 4.

"When police tried to stop them during a stop and search operation, the vehicle sped off. A chase ensued and the suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle from the opposite direction at the R101 in Pretoria North."

One of the suspects was injured and taken to the hospital, where he is under police guard.

"On searching the vehicle, police seized three pistols, several gate remotes, five plasma televisions, cell phones, a music system and balaclavas. Their vehicle was immediately impounded for investigation," Dlamini said.

On further investigation, police recovered starter packs, five more plasma televisions and a Rica machine.

"These suspects have now been linked to a house robbery where a man was fatally shot several times through a kitchen door in Sinoville on Thursday night. This happened after the suspects had jumped through the wall by cutting barbed wire and removing palisade."

The robbers had ransacked the house and household goods, including a plasma screen TV and a laptop, were stolen.

"The suspects have also been linked to a business robbery in Akasia where cellphones, starter packs and a Rica machine were stolen."

Other recovered goods have linked the gang to house robberies in several areas in Pretoria North.

"The fourth suspect has been linked to the business robbery of a jewellery shop in Johannesburg last week. He was part of a gang that confronted the employees at the Mall of the South where jewellery worth thousands of rands was stolen," Dlamini said.

"The suspects fired several shots randomly while they were fleeing from the scene. [The suspect] was arrested at Rosettenville where police also recovered two unlicensed firearms."

Police are questioning additional suspects who may have been part of the gang, he confirmed.

"Further investigation might lead police to other cases where the suspects have been involved, especially business robberies where jewellery and cellphones are targeted."

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