Amaphela used in robberies and other crimes

2018-02-08 06:00

Nyanga police have warned people against opening false cases, this after two men were arrested on two separate cases of claiming to have been hijacked.

Police Spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi said the first man, aged 34 years, was arrested on Sunday, while another, aged 22, was nabbed on Tuesday.

“The first suspect had lied about being hijacked in Borched’s Quarry on Sunday,” she said.

He falsely claimed that a stranger had approached him, pointed a firearm and instructed him to jump out of his BMW X5 series.”

Sitshitshi added that the man claimed to have compiled and the attacker drove off with the vehicle.

“The “victim” then opened a case but the vehicle was found at noon on the same day. During questioning, the investigating officer based at the Provincial Hijacking Team became suspicious of the complainant’s statement on record.

Through further investigation and questioning, it was established that the suspect was lying. He had damaged the company vehicle and decided to open a false case,” said Sitshitshi.

The second suspect is a taxi driver who claimed he was hijacked in Philippi.

“The taxi driver was arrested today(Tuesday) at about 05:10 as he openned a false case of hijacking. He claimed he was hijacked yesterday(Monday) and was was unaware that a case of house robbery was already opened at the station, implicating the registration number of his taxi. The car was allegedly used to load items he and his accomplices had robbed from a house on Sunday during the day in Ndibela Street in Browns Farm,” he said.

In that incident, three suspects, with two wearing police uniform and tekkies, barged into the house. Claiming to be police officers looking for drugs, they forced the occupants abck to their beds, while they ransacked the house and took two television sets and a laptop, before speeding off in an Avanza taxi.

“After the suspect’s arrest, police searched his shack and recovered the police uniform(a cap, jersey and pants) and a private security firm’s uniform.

Meanwhile the Avanza used in the robbery was found on Monday evening parked with no occupants in-front of an address in Luthuli Street in Browns Farm. Police searched the house and found two sets of police uniform inside the garage of the address where the vehicle was parked,” said Sitshitshi.

A firearm was also brought to the station by community members claiming it belonged to suspects who had committed a house robbery.

“Further investigations are conducted on the matter. The suspect is expected to appear at the Athlone Magistrate Court this week on charges of house robbery and possession of stolen property,” she said.

Sitshitshi urged the public to refrain from such acts because a lot of effort is being done and time and resources used which would have been used for genuine cases.

.In a separate incident, two suspects, aged 30 and 35 years, were arrested for being in possession of an unlicenced 9mm Norrico firearms on Saturday in Browns Farm and Samora Machel.

“The 30 year old was arrested by members who were conducting shebeen operations in Samora Machel. Members saw the suspect driving a wheelie bin and as they were approaching nearer the suspect started running.

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