Police reservists arrested for house robbery

2010-09-28 09:59

Two Mamelodi police reservists and a civilian have been arrested for allegedly robbing a Somali family at gunpoint at their home in Mayfair, Gauteng police said today.

Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said: “Three reservists and a civilian told a Somali couple that they were from national office and that they needed to search their house because they got a tip off that they were drug dealers. They failed to produce a warrant but told the couple that if they didn’t open the house they would force their way in.”

The couple let the reservists, who were in police uniform, into the house yesterday.

Once in the house, one of the reservists allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded that the couple give them money, he said.

They took R12 000 from the couple as well as a cellphone and jewellery.

Two of the reservists and the civilian were apprehended by the community when they tried to get away, said Mbele.

The third reservist managed to escape with the getaway car.

Police were called and they arrested the three robbers, two men and a woman.

The group was facing charges of house robbery.

Police said they were following leads and the third reservist would be arrested soon.

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