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2020/12/14      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mokgwabone   |   Province:  North West

POTCHEFSTROOM - Itsoseng police are investigating a case of possession of suspected stolen goods, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as an inquest docket after four house robbery suspects died on Friday afternoon, 12 December 2020, in Springbokpan village near Itsoseng.  

According to reports, the men were being chased by farmers after they allegedly committed a house robbery at a farm in Biesiesvlei at around 13:00. It is alleged that six males driving in a white Toyota Raider entered the farm a few minutes after the farmer arrived.  The suspects allegedly pointed the farmer and his wife with firearms, then robbed them of their cash, cell phones and firearms. As they fled from the farm, they took the farmer's Toyota bakkie.

The victim alerted neighbouring farmers, who responded swiftly and managed to corner the Toyota Raider not far from the farm and arrested two males, aged 37 and 39. In an effort to arrest the other suspects who fled with the farmer's vehicle, a car chase ensued. It was during the chase and at Springbkpan village that the suspects exchanged fire with the farmers. The suspects' vehicle came to a halt after hitting a tree. Three of the four occupants were certified dead at the scene while the fourth one died at Thusong hospital. 

On processing the scene, police found seven firearms, ammunition, cash, bank cards and cell phones. 

Investigation into the matter continues and the arrested suspects are expected to appear in court soon on a charge of house robbery.