Suspect to apply for bail after Bothaville farm robbery

 A 26-year-old suspect is expected to apply for bail next week after he and three other men allegedly posed as police officers and gained entrance to a farmhouse robbing a woman, two of her family members and two young children on a farm outside Bothaville.

Free State police spokesperson, Stephen Thakeng, says Paballo Molaudi from Klerksdorp in North West was traced to the outskirts of Orkney on Friday after neighbouring farmers reported an the armed robbery which took place just after 19:00. Thakeng says once the suspects gained entrance to the farmhouse they demanded money and threatened the victims at gunpoint.

The suspects were wearing police caps and blue shirts. One of them had a police reflector jacket. According to Thakeng the suspects introduced themselves as police officers who wanted to search for drugs. He says after that the woman decided to lock away the dogs in order for the officers to gain entrance to the house. Once inside the suspects demanded cash.

He says the suspects threatened to burn one of the children on a hot stove if their demands were not met. A pistol, an undisclosed amount of cash and three cell phones were taken. The suspects fled the scene in the same white Nissan bakkie they arrived in. Thakeng says the arrested suspect, who has been charged with armed robbery and impersonation of a police official, will be back in court on Monday.

He was in the possession of a police reflector jacket, two cell phones and R2 800. Three suspects are still on the loose. – Christal-Lize Muller