On Monday, 23 July 2018, seven suspects between the ages of 25 and 35 are expected to appear in Potchefstroom and Wolmaransstad Magistrates’ Court for unrelated cases of house and business robberies.
The suspects’ court appearance stems from their arrest in Potchefstroom and Wolmaransstad respectively on Friday, 20 July 2018.
In the first incident, four suspects were arrested in Potchefstroom after they forcefully gained entrance into a certain house in the morning. It is alleged that the four suspects who were armed with firearms, demanded money from the occupants of the house that included a couple and children.
According to information received, the suspects were busy ransacking the house when the wife managed to press the panic alarm. That led to a quick response by a local security company. Subsequent to a physical confrontation between the security officials and the suspects, the latter managed to flee the scene with jewellery and a cell phone.
Allegedly, one suspect was electrocuted while jumping over an electric fence and was taken to hospital. The other suspects were arrested at different areas in Potchefstroom. They were all charged with house robbery.
In another unrelated incident, three suspects were arrested during a crime intelligence driven operation that was conducted by Wolmaransstad Detectives.
The suspects were arrested at Extension 10, Tswelelang Location in Wolmaransstad for business robbery. It is alleged that the suspects robbed two cell phones and a airtime flash vending machine all worth R10 200,00 from a foreign national owned shop in the Central Business District (CBD) on Saturday, 14 July 2018.
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