16 held in foiled bank robbery

2014-09-18 20:48

Johannesburg - Sixteen people alleged to have been planning to rob a bank in Klerksdorp were arrested on Thursday, said North West police.

Police spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said the police and the Hawks acted on a tip-off.

"According to the information available at this stage, four suspects were arrested inside the bank and 12 others were arrested inside the suspected stolen getaway cars at the parking area," Ngubane said in a statement.

"The police managed to recover two AK47 rifles, three magazines and handguns that each of the suspects were armed with."

The group was charged with attempted business robbery and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

They were expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Sharon-E - 2014-09-18 20:56

    Isn't it that the 12 should have been in the bank and 4 in getaway cars? Certainly that would be more efficient? I suppose my confusion is a clear sign that I should rather stay honest.....

      John R Potter - 2014-09-18 21:10

      The 12 outside were to cover the getaway,,

      Des Burman - 2014-09-18 21:18

      what happened to the good old days of the clean, safe, unharmful tunnel robbers ? Need to bring the Irish back into this business, no one got hurt

  • Charles Komane - 2014-09-18 21:01

    They were taking the arms to the police station, no case as far as possesion of arms.

  • Dirk Engelbrecht - 2014-09-18 21:05

    Well it seems as if there is sufficient evidence... Hope they get locked away for a very long time...

  • Nkululeko Tekniq Mathiela - 2014-09-18 21:34

    Whenever i read something relating to the HAWKS...seem to smile!! #Only the DPCI

  • Justice Marcus Mj Thobela - 2014-09-18 21:46

    why hawks are not arresting politicians but only none politicians are getting arrested

  • Menard Kondowole Banda - 2014-09-18 22:01

    Halalalala cops.

  • Xolani Welcome Jele - 2014-09-18 22:08

    just so u knw,we stil want those crime stats tomoro

  • Moipone Tau - 2014-09-18 22:47

    Who ever tipped off police saved lives good job

  • Karl Van Heerden - 2014-09-19 07:11

    Well done to the Cops / Hawks.

  • Zahir - 2014-09-19 07:27

    Affirmarive shopping with guns by the future anc leaders

  • Henk Brand - 2014-09-19 08:05

    Should have first consulted with the "Stander bende".

  • Cathy Goodheart - 2014-09-19 19:13


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