Gang responsible for Hartbeespoort armed robberies arrested

“The Brits cluster police Trio Task team arrested the men in Letlhabile near Brits this week after a tip-off and they were positively linked to the armed robbery of an electronics shop at Sediba Plaza and a shop in Refentse,” said Romano van der Spuy, spokesperson for the Hartbeespoort Community Policing Forum.
The police confiscated a firearm and white Toyota Quantum vehicle that was used during both robberies.
The armed robbers stormed the electronic shop at Sediba Plaza shortly before closing time on Sunday, 5 November, assaulted the owner and held him and employees at gunpoint while robbing the shop. The robbers took money, the till, safe, cellphones and other items before tying up the people in the back of the shop. The robbers fled in a Toyota Quantum.

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The same robbers allegedly held a shop assistant and a number of customers at gunpoint on Friday, 10 November during an armed robbery at a shop in Refentse in Rietfontein.
“Armed men entered the shop at 19:30 while the shop assistant was busy with customers. Two of the men were armed with pistols. They closed the shop’s door, told everyone to lie down and took cash, cigarettes and airtime before they jumped into a white Toyota Quantum without number plates and fled.”
“It was suspected that it might be the same gang that was responsible for both armed business robberies and they have now been positively identified. The CPF wants to congratulate Col Isaac Thlape and his team for the excellent investigative work.”
The five robbers appeared in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Friday and is held in detention.

Daleen van Manen

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