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South Africa: An Intelligence Driven Joint Operation led to an arrest of the suspect aged 24, who is directly linked to the two cases of house robbery which were committed last month in April, in Makuya policing area, Vhembe District.

Following up the sterling investigation, the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, May 07, 2024 in Muhotoni Village. A firearm with ammunition was recovered in Lambani village and is believed to be linked to the mentioned robberies.

Reportedly, the suspect is currently in the custody where he has joined his male accomplice who was previously apprehended in the same area. The culprit will be facing the charges related to the house robberies and possession of illegal firearm and ammunition.

The investigation is still going on and further determines other accomplices or similar criminal activities. The suspect will soon appear before the local Magistrate’s Court.

Following another robbery case, a crime intelligence driven operation has yielded positive results when the two wanted suspects were put behind the bars for business robbery and one for possession of ammunition, on Wednesday morning, May 08, 2024.

firearms recovered during investigation
firearms recovered during investigation

As per the sources, four unknown men stormed into a spaza shop in Sweetwaters Location, on Monday, May 06, 2024. The men held the customers at gunpoint and forced them to lie down whilst forcing an employee of the spaza shop to open the door.

Later, the suspects took the cash and some groceries. Whereas, the swift action by the police resulted in two of the suspects being arrested not far from the scene, as their accomplices were managed to fled from the scene of crime.

In the early hours of Wednesday, a crime intelligence driven operation was launched to track the remaining two suspects. Different units were activated that included Plessislaer Anti-Crime Task Team, Umgungundlovu District Task Team, Umgungundlovu Detective Task Team, Crime Intelligence and private security.

Indeed, the intelligence led the team to Imbali Township where the two wanted suspects were traced and arrested for possession of firearms and business robbery. The men were charged and appeared on Wednesday, May 08, 2024 at Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

According to the reports, the police also arrested another person in Dambuza Location after he was found in possession of ammunition and he has to appear in court on Thursday, May 09, 2024 at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court.

The firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if they were used in the commission of crime especially in and around the Pietermaritzburg area.

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