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THE PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER WELCOME THE ARREST OF SEVEN MORE SUSPECTS INCLUDING A POLICE SERGEANT FOR ATM BOMBINGS: POLOKWANE
2020/10/29      |  Written By:  Colonel M Ngoepe   |   Province:  Limpopo

POLOKWANE: The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has hailed the arrest of seven (07) more suspects including a 41-year-old Police Detective Sergeant, bringing the total number of arrests to ten(10) involved in the ATM bombing that took place in the early hours of yesterday, on 28 October 2020 at Mahlakung mall in Ga-Sekororo area under the Maake policing precinct outside Tzaneen.

The arrests comes after a group of about ten(10) suspects allegedly entered the said premises, accosted a security officer and blasted two ATMs and drop safes. They then proceeded to a cellphone store and blasted another drop safe. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

The SAPS Provincial Tracking Team joined by other operational teams including the Polokwane Air-wing, Limpopo Highway Patrol Team and the Provincial Investigation Unit supported by the private security of Wllkie K9 Unit, Hoedspruit and Ofcalaco farm watch, Letaba Security and CPF, started tracing the suspects.

Three suspects, two of whom are women, were immediately arrested at a house in Worcester village, few kilometers from the crime scene. During the arrest, police confiscated explosives believed to have been used during the blasts, two getaway motor vehicles(Mercedez Benz and Toyota Avanza), balaclavas and hand gloves.

The operation continued and in the process, members received a tip-off from members of the community about the other suspects driving in a Toyota Hilux travelling along the R36 road towards Burgesfort area. Subsequently, seven suspects, including the driver of the vehicle(Police Officer) were arrested after a car chase with the Police.

Two firearms, ammunition, clothes that were used during the blasts, cash amount of money believed to be part of the money stolen during this ATM blasting and the Toyota Hilux bakkie, were confiscated during the arrest.

"The swift actions by these members is highly  commendable. Corrupt Police officers should know that the net is closing on them and soon, they will all be behind bars, "Concluded General Ledwaba.

All these suspects are expected to appear before the Lenyenye Magistrates' Court soon on charges of ATM bombing, Contravention of the explosives Act, Possessing of prohibited firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen goods.

The Police investigations are still continuing.

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The recovered firearm
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The ten 10 suspects
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Money believed to be part of the money stolen during this ATM blasting