Tzaneen crime syndicate dismantled

South African Police Service

Tzaneen crime syndicate dismantled. Photo: SAPS
Tzaneen crime syndicate dismantled. Photo: SAPS

Four suspects aged between 25 and 37 were nabbed during an intelligence led joint operation which was conducted in the Tzaneen Cluster on Friday 12 July 2019.

This operation which comprised of various Police Units such as Crime Intelligence, the Cluster Tracking Team and the detectives supported by local private security and the Community Police Forum, followed information from members of the community about a blue VW Golf which was involved in several hitch hiking robberies around the Tzaneen Cluster.

Within a short space of time, one suspect was arrested in the Tzaneen CBD driving the vehicle matching the description of the said vehicle.

When the operation unfolded in Lenyenye Township outside Tzaneen, the suspect’s accomplices were spotted travelling with a white BMW without registration numbers. This motor vehicle was pulled off but sped off and a motor vehicle chase ensued until it was cornered in the villages outside Lenyenye.

The three suspects abandoned the vehicle and run into the nearby bushes on foot. They were chased and arrested.

During the arrest, the following items were recovered: Two motor vehicles, fourteen cell phones and clothes.

The origin of all these recovered items will still be determined by the ongoing police investigations.

These suspects are still being profiled and they may be connected to a number of similar cases and other crimes emanating from the hiking spots which it is believed they committed in the Tzaneen, Mankweng and Makhado Clusters including in some other parts of the Province.

The arrested suspects will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrates’ Court soon.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has commended the team for the meticulous job done in dismantling the criminal syndicate which was terrorizing members of the community for some time.

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