Children's home kidnapping: four arrested in police swoop

2016-11-22 20:06

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Durban - Four men arrested in connection with the theft of an ambulance and the abduction of four boys from a children’s home last week have been linked to a case of house robbery.

The four were arrested in a police swoop on a shack in the Jackson informal settlement in near Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg.

Last week a gang of men hijacked an ambulance and snatched four boys from the TLC Children’s Home. The emergency services vehicle and the kidnapped boys were found unharmed shortly after the incident.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Kay Makhubela said that investigators had worked day and night to track the suspects.   

“Information from the community streamed in left and right and this ended in the morning when they went to a place in Jackson informal settlement. They went to one of the shacks and when they searched they found the four suspects with two unlicensed firearms,” he said.

“They were found with the driver’s license of the ambulance attendant and some of the cellphones which had been stolen were also found,” Makhubela said.

He added that one of the firearms appears to have been stolen in a house robbery.

“One of the recovered firearms was linked to a house robbery where the suspects injured the owner of the house and we are seeing if we can link them to other cases,” he said.

Two men remain at large and the arrested suspects will appear in court soon.

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