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Police foil planned robbery, arrest two suspects in possession of firearms

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State


FREE STATE - On Sunday, 9 October 2022, members of Tactical Response Team and Crime Intelligence in Mangaung Metro operationalised intelligence of a planned armed robbery that was supposed to be carried out in Botshabelo. The team followed the armed suspects driving along N8 National Road between Bloemfontein and Botshabelo and tactically halted the Toyota Conquest at about 14:00.

The police searched the vehicle and found two firearms with 15 rounds of ammunition. The one firearm was reported stolen during a robbery in Kopanong Police Station area. The second one had the serial number filed-off.

Two male suspects, aged 21 and 27, were then arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. The suspects will appear in Bloemfontein Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 11 October 2022.


Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane
082 461 7473


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