Cop to face grilling in court over bakery robbery

2017-06-26 18:17
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga police officer will on Monday find himself on the wrong side of the dock when he, along with three alleged accomplices accused of holding up a bakery, appear in the Standerton Magistrate's Court.

The constable, based at the Charl Cilliers police station, faces a charge of business robbery after seven suspects hit the bakery in a heist on Saturday.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the owner and his wife had been cashing up at closing time when the armed gang robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash.

"The owner chased the villains, while his wife activated security measures to circumvent the suspects. A swift response by the Kasselman Security Guards, in collaboration with the police, saw the immediate arrest of four of the perpetrators before they reached their getaway vehicle waiting close to the scene," Hlathi said.

"It was during the arrest that the police discovered that one of the apprehended culprits is in actual fact a police official… and his service pistol was also found in the getaway vehicle. The three that managed to flee are still at large, however, the police are optimistic that they shall be found soon."

Internal investigation

An internal investigation into the officer has also been launched.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma said it was "devastating" to find officers allegedly involved in crimes like these, while other officers fight this scourge.

"However, be that as it may, we will work closely with the community to make sure that we gather information that will assist us to nab all those who are responsible of orchestrating criminal activities while within our ranks.

"I promise the public that the investigation team will make sure that we have a watertight case against the suspects so that they can languish in jail for a long time."

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