Tseki police arrest robbery suspects

2015-08-05 06:00

PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Tseki police have arrested four suspects, aged 18, 21 and 30, who had allegedly stabbed a man in the stomach before they robbed him of cellphones, a DVD player and clothing.

He looked for help with his brother and was assisted immediately by police on crime prevention duties.

Sgt Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the Tseki police were busy with a weekend operation on 1 August at approximately 01:30, conducting stop-and-search actions with the aim of reducing assaults and confiscating dangerous weapons such as knives and unlicensed firearms.

He said the operation was conducted at the Sekete section near the Riverside location.

“A bloody, wounded man and his brother approached the police for help,” Mophiring says.

“They (the police) followed the information to the Mandela Park area of Phuthaditjhaba. One tavern after the other was searched, because it was believed that this was where the suspects hung out.

“During the search, police pounced on the four suspects walking in the street.

“Some of them were already wearing pairs of the victim’s takkies.”

Mophiring says they were all arrested and the stolen property recovered.

“It was discovered after the arrest that one of the suspects was a neighbour of the victim.

“The recovered items are: two hats, a hair clipper, a jacket, three pairs of takkies, a pair of formal shoes, a bag, two cellphones and a DVD player.

Mophiring said the suspects are expected to appear before the Tseki Magistrate’s Court soon, facing charges of housebreaking with the intent to steal, as well as theft, robbery and attempted murder.

“I want to thank the members for their excellent execution of the arrests and sending the message that criminals cannot do as they wish within our communities. The suspects will be profiled and possibly linked to other similar crimes like house robberies and rapes in the area of Qwaqwa,” said the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe

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