Northam business burglary, suspects caught in the act

South African Police Service

Northam business burglary, suspects caught in the act. Photo: SAPS
Northam business burglary, suspects caught in the act. Photo: SAPS

The joint efforts by various Units derived from the South African Police Service in Limpopo, supported by local communities, have resulted in the arrest of three suspects involved in a business burglary that took place at a local Wholesale Store in Northam outside Bela Bela on 18 October 2019 at about 02h 00.

This after Police were tipped-off about a planned business burglary and immediately activated a joint operation composed of the Thabazimbi Crime Intelligence Unit, Provincial Tactical Response Team( TRT), Northam Detectives, K9 Unit and various Private Security Companies.

The suspects were cornered inside the building and they attempted to escape but police had tightly secured the premises. During the process, two suspects jumped from the rooftop in an attempt to evade the arrest and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the getaway vehicle was nabbed few metres away from the crime scene. Meanwhile the third culprit escaped on foot in the nearby bushes.

Police managed to recover an undisclosed amount of money believed to be stolen during this burglary, the red Isuzu getaway bakkie that was loaded with a generator and tyres.

The police preliminary investigations have further linked these suspects to another Business burglary committed at a guest house around Northam on the same night.

The two injured suspects aged 26 and 31, are still recuperating in hospital under heavy police guard and will appear in the Northam magistrate’s court soon facing two counts of business burglary and two counts of possession of suspected stolen properties.

Meanwhile their accomplice Vusi Mbongenezi Buthelezi aged 33, has appeared in the same court and was denied bail. His cases were postponed to 24 October 2019, for further bail application and Police investigations.

Police manhunt for the remaining suspect is still underway and anyone with information that can lead his arrest should contact Captain Peter Du Plessis on 082 565 7611, the crime stop number 0860010111or the nearest police station.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has applauded this team of members for their quick response and collaboration which resulted into these arrests.

Police investigations are still continuing.

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