Limpopo police crack business robbery syndicate

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Karabo Ngoepe

JOHANNESBURG- Limpopo police have cracked a business robbery syndicate and have arrested at least three suspects.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the men were arrested in the Tubatse Policing area outside Burgersfort during a sting joint operation composed of the Crime Intelligent and Crime prevention.

“It is believed that these suspects are members of a crime syndicate which was terrorising the local communities especially businesses for some time. This breakthrough was achieved following quality and reliable information received from members of the community after a business robbery which occurred on the 2017-12-23 at the local shop in Alverton outside Burgersfort,” he said.

During the operation, police confiscated three cares, a red Golf 7, white Mercedes Benz and a grey VW Polo. There was also one 303 rifle, one 9mm pistol and ammunition and housebreaking equipment.

The suspects were also linked to a series of business robberies in and around the Mecklenburg and Driekop areas recently.

“These suspects will appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles, possession of false registration number plates and business robberies,” he said.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba applauded the officers for the arrests and said the move would make communities safer.

“We believe that this milestone achievement will bring a relief to those affected communities especially the business community. A special message must be directed to all the criminals out there that, they can run but they can’t hide until the long arm of the law catches on them,” Ledwaba said.