2 arrested for business robberies

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The police says an intelligently driven success saw two suspects linked to three cases of robberies at Namahadi Village in QwaQwa wherein victims were robbed three cellphones, money, airtime and handbag valued R2000-00 separately.

According to spokesperson Maako Mophring, the Namahadi police received three cases of robberies in which knives were used in threatening victims which are women and foreign man.

“The preliminary investigations were launched in which modus operandi was the same wherein a knife was used by the suspects. Therefore, two suspects aged 24 and 27 were arrested in this regard. The first suspect was arrested on business robbery interrogated and charged. He was interrogated by Phuthaditjhaba and Vrede Cluster Crime Intelligence including Namahadi Detective Service,” he says.

Mophiring says the interrogation led to a second suspect being arrested and he was linked to three cases of business robbery and two of robberies with other weapons than firearms.

“It is alleged that two suspects went into a shop of an Ethiopian business owner, threatened him with a knife and robbed him of his cellphone, airtime and cash. The community tried to assist but the suspects fled even though they are known. A certain woman was on the road at about 18:00 when she met the two suspects who threatened her with a knife, assaulted her with fists and robbed her cellphone and fled,” he says.

Mophiring adds that a few minutes later the suspects met the second woman, a nurse who was from work. “They threatened her also
with a knife, robbed her handbag with money, personal belongings and fled. The victim managed to identify one of her attackers,” he says.

He says the two suspects in their mid 20s are expected to appear before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates’ court on Tuesday facing charges of business robbery and two of robberies with other weapons than firearms.

Mophiring warns the community and businesses that they need to be vigilant of suspected people roaming around the area with no purpose at abnormal hours. “We have to work together to clamp DOWN crime and bring crime and criminals to Zero,” he says.

This statement is issued by the Phuthaditjhaba Corporate Communication Service