Spate of armed robberies in Bergville area, 7 suspects arrested

South African Police Service

Spate of armed robberies in Bergville area, 7 suspects arrested
Spate of armed robberies in Bergville area, 7 suspects arrested

On the morning of 6 July 2021, at 08:00, seven armed suspects entered a business premises at the Upper Tugela in the Bergville area and robbed employees of an undisclosed amount of cash. They stole the cash and drove away in their gateway vehicle. The matter was reported to the police and a case of robbery was opened for investigation.

Okhalamba police received information that the suspects, who were traveling in two vehicles, were seen at a traditional healer’s residence for cleansing and protection.

Police proceeded to the traditional healer’s homestead in KwaDukuza where they spotted the said vehicle and approached the suspects. The suspects spotted police, ran towards the Woodstock dam, and jumped into it. Five suspects were arrested in the river and two suspects were arrested at the homestead.

A 9mm pistol and folded packet from a security company were recovered at the traditional healer’s place of residence. Police divers are currently searching for the bag containing cash and firearms that were thrown by the suspects as they were fleeing the scene.

The suspects may also be linked to two robberies, which took place in Ladysmith and Winterton.

It is alleged that on 5 July 2021 at 12:35, a group of armed men entered a shop on Springfield Road in Winterton and demanded cash and cellphones from the employees. At gunpoint, they removed cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash before they fled in their gateway bakkie. A case of robbery was opened at the Winterton police station for investigation.

The third incident took place on 5 July 2021 at 17:50, as security guards were travelling along the R616 when an unknown vehicle blocked their path of travel. The occupants of the said vehicle shot at the security vehicle and as a result, three tyres burst.

The suspects instructed the security guard to open the door and deprived him of his service firearm. The security guard heard a loud explosion and he observed the suspects removing cash from the vehicle. Thereafter suspects sped off in their getaway vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A case of robbery was opened at Ladysmith police station for investigation.

The arrested suspects aged between 30 and 40 will appear in court soon, facing charges of robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service