Police crackdown on ‘trio crimes’ across Limpopo

South African Police Service

Police crackdown on' trio crimes' across Limpopo
Police crackdown on' trio crimes' across Limpopo

In a concerted effort by the Detectives, Crime Intelligence and Crime Prevention Units to curb trio crimes, joint intelligence driven operations were conducted until this morning on 26 August 2018, during which multiple suspects were nabbed and various items recovered in most parts of the Province.

In the Giyani cluster, members followed information about suspects who have been terrorising the local communities in and around the Giyani Cluster including the neighbouring areas with burglaries. Three suspects were caught in the act. This is after they allegedly broke into one of the houses at Mghongoma village and were immediately apprehended with the assistance of community members.

During the arrest, three Plasma TVs were recovered. Further Police investigations were conducted and led to the arrest of the third suspect who allegedly drove from Polokwane to join his accomplices.

The suspects were identified as follows: Maotsuri Soyabi aged 34, Elias Makokotela aged 42 and Tyson Tshibaro aged 24.

All the arrested suspects have already appeared before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court on charges of burglary residence. They were all denied bail until their next court appearance on Thursday 30 August 2018 for bail application and pending further Police investigations.

The suspects were also linked to other burglary cases around Tshilwavhusiku police precinct in the Thohoyandou Cluster and for which they will appear in court on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

This is believed to be one of the bigger criminal syndicates which is targeting plasma Tvs, laptops and cellphones.

Meanwhile in the Tzaneen Cluster, joint intelligence driven operation dubbed “Ceasefire” was conducted by both the Tzaneen Cluster Crime Intelligence Unit and the Cluster Task Team around Tickeyline Village in the Maake Policing precinct outside Tzaneen.

Three suspects were arrested for various crimes ranging from possession of suspected stolen properties to possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The total amount of the recovered items is estimated at R350 000.00.

The Preliminary Police investigations revealed that items were stolen during the various armed robbery incidents that were committed around the Giyani and Tzaneen Clusters recently.

The suspects will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court soon.

Whereas in the Polokwane Cluster, joint intelligence driven operations composed of members of Polokwane and Mokopane Crime Intelligence Unit joined by the Magatle Detectives were conducted in the Polokwane, Seshego and Zebediela areas respectively tracing suspects involved in the burglary business at one of the schools in Magatle.

A total of four suspects aged between 23 and 32 were arrested in Polokwane for possession of four laptops. The value of the goods seized is estimated at R24 000-00.

The suspects will appear before Polokwane Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of burglary business and possession of suspected stolen property.

The Police investigations are ongoing.

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