ARMED ROBBERS BUSTED
Northam – Police arrested three armed men on Saturday 3 August following an armed business robbery, high speed pursuit and a shootout.
The trio ambushed a G4S security official and PEP Store employees at PEP Store Northam.
“One held watch while two suspects jumped the G4S security official as soon as he entered the store.
They overpowered him, took his company firearm and instructed the PEP Store employees to open the business safe,” said police spokesperson, brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
After emptying the safe, the suspects locked the security official and staff members in the cash safe. The police were alerted and a manhunt followed.
The operation was well-coordinated and supported by the community – including air support from a local businessman. The suspect’s vehicle, a Toyota RunX, was spotted at the local government subsidy housing (RDP).
As soon as the police closed in on their location they fled, and a hi-speed chase ensued. Two of the suspects were shot and injured while the third was apprehended without incident. The injured suspects were transported to hospital and are under police guard.
The police seized the Toyota RunX, three 9mm pistols, three magazines, ten rounds of ammunition, 24 cartridges and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects, aged 21, 27 and 37, face charges of attempted murder, the possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of unlicensed ammunition and resisting arrest.
The provincial commissioner of Limpopo, lieutenant general Nneke Ledwaba, commended all role players involved in the swift arrest and has extended his gratitude to the business community for their support in the fight against crime.
The firearms recovered will be subjected to ballistic testing and investigations to determine if they were used for the commission of other crimes in the past.