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2020/10/08      |  Written By:  Sergeant L Lefakane   |   Province:  Gauteng

The Bekkersdal police have launched a manhunt for four or more suspects following a business robbery that occurred last night around 19:00 pm at Mandela informal settlement. The tuck shop owner was allegedly with his assistant when they were accosted by four males armed with firearms. They allegedly pointed firearms at them and instructed them to lie on the floor. They then started removing money inside the till, cigarettes and different recharge vouchers before making their way out on foot.

The matter was reported to the police and a case of business robbery is under way.

In another incident, five suspects with ages raging from 25-43 are expected to appear before the Westonaria magistrate court tomorrow on charges of Possession of Dagga that can be estimated to a total of two thousand five hundred street value after they were arrested by the police during routine patrols duties around the N12 road. The officers were on patrols when the spotted a vehicle with five occupants. They stopped the vehicle and ask the occupants to come out.

While searching the bags inside the boot, the member recovered a bag full of dagga and none could account for the bag including the driver therefore all five occupants were placed under arrest.

N12 is regarded as a hotspot for serious crimes including hijackings. Motorist are advised to avoid picking up hitch hickers as they end up being robbed, hijacked or even arrested for crimes similar to this one. The contents of the vehicle remains the responsibility of the drive therefore anything illegal found inside the vehicle the driver will be held accountable.

Business owners are also advised to be vigilant and report suspicious behavior immediately when noticed. Robbers would come inside the shop, pose as customers and later strike. We therefore encourage the shop owners to sell through a  locked burglar doors to avoid being robbed.

A bag full of dagga were recovered