In the early hours of the morning of 26 July 2017, the Provincial Tracking Team received a tip off from members of the community about the planned ATM robbery at a village outside Lebowakgomo and they reacted swiftly and subsequently a trio crime syndicate was intercepted.
These suspects were spotted by police en route to Ga-Maja Village and police instructed the suspects to stop however the suspects fired shots at Police who returned fire and during that process, one suspect aged 29 was fatally shot, four suspects aged between 32 and 51 were arrested and six others fled the scene in a VW polo.
No member of the Police was injured.
During this incident, amongst other items, the following was recovered. A firearm, Toyota corolla, police bulletproof vest, police reflector jacket, grinder, Toyota Legend 45,
The arrested suspects will appear before Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition and possession of police uniform.
A massive manhunt is underway for the remaining suspects.
Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of these suspects, may contact Detective Sergeant Kubayi at 071 602 0268 Or Captain Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the nearest Police Station or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line at 32211.
Police investigations continue.
The Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Jim Ledwaba has commended the Provincial Tracking Team for their sterling efforts in the fight against crime in this Province and furthermore issued a stern warning to criminals that they will face the full might of the law.
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