Byline: Andani Matumba
09 May 2022
Seven (7) suspects aged between 21 and 42, were arrested yesterday, 08 June 2022 by police at Delmas and were charged with business robber, armed robbery, possession of stolen property, possession of stolen vehicle as well as possession unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
According to the police report , the members at Delmas SAPS were alerted about a business robbery which had taken place at Lefa Mine near Belfast and that suspects had fled in two vehicles, a Mahindra Light Delivery Vehicle and a Toyota Hilux Double Cab.
The members then swiftly responded with backup from Bronkortspruit including the Benoni K9 Units and the local neighborhood watch in pursuit of the suspects who were allegedly headed towards Delmas.
It is said that four (4) of the suspects allegedly abandoned the Toyota Hilux Double Cab and fled into the bushes.
The neighborhood watch group and the members searched for them until they managed to arrest three (3) of the suspects and confiscated three (3) firearms.
“The members then received information that a gold Toyota Quantam collected the fourth suspect, which they pursued and later spotted it on the R42 towards Delmas and arrested two more suspects.
The police investigated further and gathered information which led them to a house in Botleng, Delmas where additional two (2) suspects were arrested,” said Brigadier Selvy Mohlala in a statement issued by the office of the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police in Mpumalanga.
Mohlala stated further that police recovered a total of five (5) firearms, ten (10) cellphones, two (3) vehicles (Mahindra LDV, Toyota Hilux Double Cab and Toyota Quantum),a generator as well as two (2) diesel pumps.
“Police cannot also rule out the possibility of linking these suspects to other cases an all suspects will appear at the Delmas District Court tomorrow, 10 June 2022,” said Mohlala.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Moumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela has applauded the efforts by police at Delmas and the community in their joined efforts to bring the perpetrators to book.
Photos supplied by the the office of the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga