5 held for murder, robbery, hijacking

2014-09-22 22:28

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Johannesburg - Four men and a woman were arrested in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, on Monday in connection with a string of robberies, a murder and hijackings, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

A stolen firearm, a toy gun, three stolen vehicles, 24 cellphones, several bank cards and wallets were found at the scene, around 06:00, Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago said.

The metro police had surveyed the men for five days after receiving a tip-off, he said.

"The staking out of the suspects' residences in Katlehong commenced on Wednesday last week and the metro police officers decided to pounce around 06:00 this morning."

Two were arrested in Phooko Section - one of them with a girlfriend - and another two in Phadima Section, Kgasago said.

The vehicles - a Toyota Corolla, Toyota Conquest and the VW Golf 5 - had been hijacked in Springs, Benoni and Meyerton respectively in August and September.

Investigations were under way to verify their involvement in a string of crimes committed recently in Ekurhuleni, Kgasago said.

The five would appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court soon.

They were all charged with possession of a stolen firearm, ammunition and three stolen vehicles.

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