In the concerted effort to bring down the high volumes of trio crimes (hijackings, house and business robberies) in Gauteng, a provincial multi-disciplinary team embarked on an intelligence-driven operation, that led to the arrest of five suspects believed to be behind the armed business robbery that took place on 18 November 2020, at the Post Office in Atteridgeville.
Police on Wednesday morning, 18 November 2020, around 10:30, responded to a complaint of business robbery at Atteridgeville post office, and immediately mobilised maximum resources to trace the suspects.
On the day of the incident, 5 unknown men, two of them clad in post office staff uniform, entered the post offices and allegedly held staff and clients at gunpoint, and took an undisclosed amount of money. It was reported at the time that members of the public outside the post office tried to apprehend the fleeing suspects and that is when a 41-year-old man was shot. The victim later died in hospital.
Within no time police were able to establish that the post office staff uniforms were obtained from a 35-year old employee who is one of the five arrested suspects aged between 23 and 43, who were all arrested on Thursday 26 November 2020, in different parts of Atteridgeville, Tshwane. Police seized, post office uniforms, as well as a vehicle suspected of having been used during the commission of the business robbery.
Further investigations continue as police envisage to establish a possible linkage of the suspects to other trio crimes.
The suspects will appear before court in due course, on charges of business robbery and murder.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, Major General Patricia Rampota, has commended the success by the multidisciplinary task team, confirming that police will during the festive season be on the lookout for criminals who are out there to make a quick buck at the expense of law abiding citizens.
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