Syn­di­cate in­volved in rob­beries

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - FREE STATE NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­

PO­LICE in Bloem­fontein have ar­rested mem­bers of a syn­di­cate that has been in­volved in busi­ness rob­beries around the city in the past few weeks.

Po­lice spokesper­son Sgt Si­nah Mpakane con­firmed that a group of rob­bers in­clud­ing a woman, were ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter a ho­tel in Hei­dedal, Bloem­fontein was robbed in the early hours of the morn­ing.

She said five men en­tered the ho­tel while two oth­ers waited out­side.

Fol­low­ing the rob­bery, the men then jumped in a white minibus and drove away.

Mpakane said seven peo­ple were ar­rested shortly af­ter the rob­bery.

She said the same syn­di­cate was also linked to an­other rob­bery in the city that took place at 4am on Satur­day when two men who were armed in­vaded a fill­ing sta­tion near Naval­sig High School.

They took an undis­closed amount of money, cig­a­rettes and other goods af­ter which they fled in a white car.

“The same white car was used at the gas sta­tion on Satur­day and later at the ho­tel on Mon­day morn­ing but was later found by po­lice at a house in Bloem­side,” she said.

Mpakane said the po­lice re­acted swiftly af­ter in­for­ma­tion was ob­tained fol­low­ing the rob­bery and two men were ar­rested. The rest of the men were later ar­rested at the Bloem­side house.

She said the stolen goods in both rob­beries were found in the minibus and in the house.

The syn­di­cate is ex­pected to ap­pear in court soon.

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