Seven alleged robbers arrested, firearms and vehicles recovered


November 2018 – The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has welcomed the arrest of seven suspects and praised the multi-diciplinary team for the speedy arrest.

On Monday, 29 October 2018 a group or armed robbers attacked security guards while they were collecting money at a service station in Katlehong. One security guard was shot and wounded and he later died in hospital.

The multi-disciplinary team comprising of members from Crime Intelligence, Limpopo and Mpumalanga Tracking Teams as well as Ekhuruleni Metro Police, acting on information from Crime Intelligence initially arrested six suspects.

The suspects, aged between 27 and 60 years were arrested on Friday, 2 November 2018 at a house in Tshwane Street in Katlehong. The team also seized four firearms and ammunition, a sedan and a bakkie which are suspected to have been used during the robbery at the filling station in Katlehong.

Following these arrests, the team went to a second house where they arrested a 34 year old woman after she was found to be illegally in possession of an assault rifle.

The National Commissioner has commended the Intelligence-led team for their continued sterling work.

“The speedy arrest of the suspects and ensuring a successful prosecution in this case will bring some relief to the family of the fallen security guard”, said General Sitole.

“I am also satisfied with the sterling work by members of our Crime Intelligence Division given that we have made multiple arrests of suspects before robberies were committed and now, within days after the Katlehong incident, these seven suspects have been arrested”, added General Sitole.

These suspects are likely to face charges of murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle.

The firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if they were used to commit other crimes.

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