Student-targeting syndicate caught

2018-04-25 06:01
Some of the stolen items that were recovered. PHOTO: supplied

Some of the stolen items that were recovered. PHOTO: supplied

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A LATE night coffee run between various policing and security groups on Friday, led to the arrest of four men, who were later proven to be behind the recent plague of robberies of students in Scottsville, around the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) campus area.

On his way to have coffee at around 11 pm, a Bellevue patroller spotted Mi7 security guards in pursuit of four men. Once updated on the situation the Bellevue Community Watch,
Walungisa Protection Services (WPS) and other community role-players together with the police, came together and carried out a search for the men strategically leading the alleged robbers into a trap.

One of them was believed to have been armed.

The members followed the four men and stopped once they saw the one man try to draw his firearm.

All four men were apprehended and then taken to the Alex Police Station along with the firearm and the vehicle that was in use.

Among the items that were recovered from the vehicle were stolen cell phones, various bank cards and identity documents. Alex Police Station spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo confirmed the arrests of the four men and said confirmed that the men were linked to other robbery cases.

“The men were linked to 10 other robbery cases where a similar modus operandi was used. It was discovered that this firearm was reported stolen in Winterton in 2011,” said Mhlongo.

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