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News: Intelligence driven tactical operation leads to arrest of three suspects linked to a series of crimes and recovery of a firearm

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE - The South African Police Service (SAPS), in Sekhukhune District acting on information, successfully apprehended three suspects linked to two business robbery incidents that took place on Monday, 26 February 2024, at Ga-Rantho Village in Sekhukhune policing precinct.

The arrests were made during a meticulously planned tactical operation conducted in the early hours of Tuesday, 27 February 2024. The multi-disciplinary operation was initiated following extensive information gathering. This effort pinpointed one of the suspect's locations in Ga-Maphopha Village.

Upon searching the premises, officers recovered a firearm believed to have been used in the commission of the crimes. The other two suspects, including the driver of the getaway vehicle, were also arrested in the vicinity

On the date of the incidents, four suspects, three wearing face masks, stormed into a spaza shop and pointed the owner and employees with firearms. The suspects made off with cash, cigarettes as well as cell phones. They proceeded to the nearby hardware store and also robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. They ran on foot to a secluded spot where the getaway vehicle was waiting and tried to flee the scene. Members of the community gave chase, and the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The driver later on reported a false case of carjacking.

The suspects are believed to be part of a group involved in serious crimes across the district.

The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said," the recovery of this weapon is a critical step in ensuring the safety of our communities and preventing further criminal activities. Their arrest disrupts a pattern of criminality that has plagued our business community, bringing a sense of relief and security to the affected areas," Concluded Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The suspects, aged between 30 and 31 are currently in custody and are expected to face charges related to business robbery, possession of illegal firearm, and perjury.

Police appeal to anyone with information about the other suspects to contact the Investigating Officer Sergeant Mashobotlwane Molokwane on 076 215 7220 or Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or use MySAPS App.


Colonel  Malesela Ledwaba
082  451 7180

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