Cops search for armed gang

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Man­toetse Maama

PO­LICE are still search­ing for 10 men sus­pected of rob­bing a su­per­mar­ket in Ha Makoa vil­lage in Qacha’s Nek last week.

Ac­cord­ing to Dis­trict Po­lice Com­mis­sioner for Qacha’s Nek, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Hlalele Ram­pai, the heav­ily armed sus­pects at­tacked the shop-owner and cus­tomers at around 8pm on Thurs­day, be­fore ran­sack­ing the store and rob­bing the hap­less clients, who had been or­dered to lie on the floor.

“The 52-year-old busi­ness­woman told the po­lice that her su­per­mar­ket was robbed by 10 heav­ily armed men on 23 April.

“She said the rob­bers had ar­rived at around 8pm and or­dered ev­ery­one in the store to lie down. The su­per­mar­ket sells both liquor and gro­ceries.

“The rob­bers are said to have searched the cus­tomers, and taken their cell­phones and cash. They also took gro­ceries, liquor and money from the shop. The items stolen from the shop and the money amounted to roughly M25 000,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Hlalele Ram­pai said this week.

Af­ter the rob­bery, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said the sus­pects crossed the bor­der into South Africa and re­main at large. He ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pects to con­tact his or her near­est po­lice sta­tion.

“Af­ter the rob­bery, the rob­bers fled to South Africa through a post that is lo­cated near the vil­lage. No one was hurt dur­ing the rob­bery. It is sus­pected the crim­i­nals were a mix­ture of South Africa and Le­sotho na­tion­als. Most crim­i­nals cross to South Africa af­ter com­mit­ting crime in Le­sotho to avoid ar­rest, but we are determined to make sure they are brought to book no­mat­ter how long it might take to do so. How­ever, armed rob­bery cases are rare in Qacha’s Nek; we mostly deal with stock-theft in that area. But this vi­cious crime is the third one this month in Qacha’s Nek; the most re­cent one oc­curred on 15 April in Sehla­bathebe and the owner of the shop was shot. He is still in hos­pi­tal where he is be­ing treated,” he added.

No one has been ar­rested and po­lice con­tinue with in­ves­ti­ga­tions in all the three cases, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ram­pai said.

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