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2022/05/19      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel A Funani   |   Province:  North West

RUSTENBURG - 18 May 2022- Five suspects are expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 May 2022, in connection with an alleged armed robbery that was reported at a certain shop in Koster on Tuesday, 16 May 2022 at about 08:20.

According to information received, it is alleged that Koster police were doing their daily patrols, when they received information of a robbery in progress at a business premises. The police reacted immediately and the victims gave a description of the get-away vehicle that was used by the suspects. This information was shared with nearby stations and units.

Whilst Phokeng Highway patrol members were on patrol on the N4, at Spitskop, close to Rustenburg, the suspicious vehicle and occupants were spotted.  The vehicle was stopped by police and the five suspects, age between 32 and 52, and their vehicle were searched. Two 9mm pistols, with serial numbers filed off, were found inside the vehicle.  Furthermore numerous other falsified vehicle number plates were found in the boot of the vehicle, as well as mobile phones, suspected to be robbed from the business in Koster.

The suspects were immediately arrested and are charged with armed robbery, possession of suspected stolen property and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They will appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 May 2022.

Further information was followed up by members from Rustenburg Mounted Unit and Public Order Policing (POP), which resulted in the identification of a “safe house” in Rustenburg North, where three more suspects, aged between 21 and 43, were apprehended.  A vehicle, a charcoal/grey VW Polo, believed to be used during the commission of crime, was seized. The three suspects were charged for armed robbery and being in possession of suspected stolen propperty.  They are expected to appear in the Koster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 May 2022.  

The possibility of linking them with other armed robberies will be investigated.

North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated Bojanala Sub District 2 police for working together and acting fast in arresting the suspects, he said police will continue to work hard to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book.   


The suspects were immediately arrested and are charged with armed robbery.