Tip-off leads to ar­rest of heist sus­pects

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS -

Nine rob­bery sus­pects were ar­rested in Mahikeng in North West yes­ter­day by the tac­ti­cal re­sponse team act­ing on a tip-off from Crime In­tel­li­gence, po­lice said.

The sus­pects were in the midst of plan­ning a cash-in-tran­sit rob­bery when they were ar­rested.

“The tac­ti­cal re­sponse team ar­rested nine sus­pects and re­cov­ered six firearms in­clud­ing one AK-47 ri­fle, hand­guns and an Uzi, sev­eral rounds of am­mu­ni­tion and four lux­ury ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing a black Jeep, an Audi Q5, a Mercedes ML and a Ford Ranger,” po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

The team acted on in­for­ma­tion that a group was gath­ered at a house in Riviera Park, Mahikeng where they were plan­ning a heist, Naidoo said.

“While at the house ar­rest­ing [the first] six sus­pects, four more sus­pects ar­rived,” Naidoo said.

“They [sus­pects] no­ticed the pres­ence of the po­lice and fled, re­sult­ing in a high-speed car chase. Dur­ing the chase, po­lice fired shots at the sus­pect ve­hi­cle, forc­ing it to a halt. Three sus­pects were ar­rested while the fourth es­caped.”

The ar­rest came as 10 other al­leged cash-in-tran­sit rob­bers ap­peared in the Molopo Mag­is­trate’s Court in Mma­batho yes­ter­day to ap­ply for bail.

Xo­lile Qoma, 42, Zwele­banzi Mbango, 35, Joseph Thilo, 40, Le­bo­gang Morwe, 29, Ofentse Mokheai, 29, Mosi­mane­gape Molefe, 39, Is­rael Mokaila, 32, Taka Mpofu, 35, Joel Moepeng, 42, and Mon­na­pule God­frey Phale, 42, had made off with an undis­closed amount of money af­ter they al­legedly bombed an ar­moured ve­hi­cle and dis­armed the guards in Matl­ho­nyane out­side Mahikeng on Septem­ber 30. – ANA

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