On Thursday 14 December 2023 in the early hours of the morning, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) Specialized Task Team (STT) and First Responder Unit (FRU) Members, arrested five (5) suspects following an armed robbery, which occurred over the weekend, in one of the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) buildings and some of the loot, were recovered.
During the day of Saturday 09 December 2023, two (2) armed male suspects on foot pretending to be postmen, entered the Logistic building situated in the Kempton Park area, overpowered the security personnel on duty, tied them up with shoelaces and one suspect, remained with them inside the guard room, while talking on the cellphone, about which container, to break into and steal the contents. Not long after, the thief left the guardroom. After a while, it became quiet and the embarrassed security personnel, managed to free themselves and raised the alarm. All the relevant stakeholders responded and the CCTV cameras were visited. A white Hyundai Accent and the Nissan bakkie NP 300, were seen on the footage, reversing into a container full of the EMPD Officers’ safety shoes, which was forcefully opened.
As investigations continued, one of the vehicles involved, a white Hyundai, was spotted in the Thembisa area by Phomolong section and a cooperative male occupant, was cornered and confessed to Officers, about the robbery and promised to take them, to the Birch-Acres area where some of the stolen/robbed goods, were kept. The given address was visited and two (2) male house occupants, who happen to be Ekurhuleni employees, were found in possession of some, of the loot before they were handcuffed. The third (3rd) address, in Johannesburg Central, was visited and another Ekurhuleni male employee, linked to the robbery, was handcuffed. Another stop was in the Midrand area and the male house occupant, found in possession of some stolen items, who also mentioned that he sold some of the robbed safety shoes, was handcuffed.
The five (5) lawbreakers, who are between the ages of 30 and 40, facing charges of ‘possession of stolen goods’ were taken to Kempton Park, Rabie Ridge, Midrand and Johannesburg Central police stations. A charge of ‘possession of an unlicensed firearm’ was added because an unregistered 9mm Vector pistol, with serial numbers filed off, was uncovered from one of the suspects.
All the detained suspects are expected to appear at the relevant Magistrate’s Court soon and the white Hyundai accent sedan, used in the commission of the crime, is impounded, in the Kempton Park police yard, for further investigations and more arrests, are imminent.
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