Armed business robberies out of control, EC

South African Police Service

Armed business robberies out of control, EC
Armed business robberies out of control, EC

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has expressed his concerns about large groups of armed suspects involved in armed robberies over the past weekend.

“We are hunting down this group of between 12 to 15 suspects who were responsible for the robbery of Swartkops Spar and Tops Liquors on Friday, as well as the OK Furnishers at Motherwell Shopping Centre on Sunday 11 March 2018.

We need our community to give information to us when they become aware of suspicious sales of cigarettes, airtime, cell phones and laptops” he added.

On Friday, 9 March 2018 at about 18:30, 12 to 15 suspects robbed Spar and Tops Liquors in Swartkops. They took cigarettes, cash and liquor from the stores. A SAPS member visiting the Spar was also assaulted and fired upon at close range after the returning robbers found him in his vehicle in the parking lot. They intended to rob him of his firearm, and on realising that he was unarmed, they pulled him from his vehicle, assaulted him and fired several shots at him.

Fortunately he was not wounded in the shooting. An armed robbery case was opened as well as the attempted murder case on the SAPS member.

On Sunday 11 March 2018 at about 12:40, a group of about 12 armed suspects entered the OK Furnishers store in Motherwell. The clients as well as staff were kept at gunpoint in a corner of the store, and while some suspects robbed them of their valuables, the rest robbed the store itself. 10 cellphones and cash were robbed from clients, and a further 70 cellphones, 8 laptops and tablets and cash were robbed from the store.

Any person with information about these stolen goods or the criminals responsible for these robberies can contact the Motherwell Serious Violent Crime Unit, Captain Jerome Mackay at 071 475 2015.

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