MEC lauds gang’s arrest

2017-07-18 06:02

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda has applauded the police for their work in arresting the gang that has been involved in shopping mall robberies in KZN.

The arrest follows an intelligence-driven operation by various police units, which led to the arrest of a leader of one of the gangs responsible for many mall robberies in the province.

Detectives from the Provincial Mall Robbery Task Team had been tracking the movements of the suspect who remained elusive and was possibly aware that police were looking for him.

Last Wednesday police launched an operation after identifying two residences at AA section and BB section in Umlazi, used as hideouts by these criminals.

During the operation two suspects were arrested, including the leader of a mall robbery gang. It is believed the gang targeted shops that sold jewellery and wrist watches.
Police recovered wrist watches and expensive perfume that were taken in some of the robberies.

The main suspect was positively linked to at least three mall robberies, while the second suspect was found in possession of goods taken during a fourth robbery.

Both men, in their early thirties, will appear in court soon.

Kaunda has lauded the police for the successful operation, saying the latest arrest will serve as a warning to criminals who terrorise businesses.

“Recently, we resuscitated the KwaZulu-Natal Council Against Crime to strengthen the partnership between government, the police and business sector in the fight against crime affecting the business community of the province,” said Kaunda.

He urged the police and communities to close ranks in ensuring that suspects implicated in mall robberies in the province are brought to book.

“At the same time we call upon the members of the community to desist from buying stolen goods because in so doing they are creating a market for criminals,” said Kaunda.

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