PHOLA MALL SUSPECTS ARRESTED WHILST ON MISSION TO COMMIT ROBBERY
Nelspruit: 10 January 2022 – Members from KwaMhlanga Crime Intelligence in collaboration with their counterparts from Siyabuswa Visible Policing arrested seven suspects alleged to have been in a mission to commit a business robbery at a certain furniture store in KwaMhlanga. The suspects, aged between 32 and 47 were nabbed in the afternoon of yesterday, Sunday, 09 January 2022 around 15h00 at Phola Mall in KwaMhlanga.
According to the report, police received information about a possible business robbery that was allegedly planned to be carried out at a furniture business. Police acted with speed to prevent that from happening. They (police) coordinated their resources and went out looking for the suspects. They then spotted two vehicles, a Toyota Etios with false registration number plates and a VW Kombi with seven suspects who were apparently armed. A shootout between the suspects and police ensued whereby two suspects were shot and sustained some injuries.
The seven were then arrested and the astute members recovered a pistol with ammunition from them. The injured suspects were taken to hospital for medical treatment where one was discharged and another still recovering under police guard. The rest of the suspects were detained. Police further confiscated the two vehicles which will form part of the investigation.
The suspects are due to appear at the KwaMhlanga Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 facing charges of being in possession of unlicenced firearm and ammunition, attempted murder, possession of suspected stolen vehicles as well as conspiracy to commit robbery.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has appreciated the excellent efforts displayed by the members who arrested the suspects and recovered a firearm with some ammunition as well as recovered the two suspected stolen vehicles. “This shows that our battle against crime is winnable and we will continue to take away those firearms that are danger to our communities” concluded the General.