Arrest in the SASSA armed robbery case, Stellenbosch

South African Police Service

Good co-operation between Crime Intelligence members and Provincial Detectives led to the arrest of a 29 year old armed robber.

On 30 April 2014, an armed robbery incident occurred at a grocery chain store at a mall in Stellenbosch, where SASSA money was taken by six unknown suspects. Video footage was viewed by the members of Crime Intelligence and one of the suspects, a 29 year old man, who was a resident of Makhaza, was identified.

Details of the suspect were forwarded to the Provincial Detectives. The suspect’s cellular telephone was electronically monitored and it showed that the cellular telephone had been used in the Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth). The suspect’s home was visited and it was confirmed that he was in the Port Elizabeth area.

Further information received indicated that the suspect was back from Port Elizabeth and that he is appearing today, 29 May 2018, in the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court, on another case. This led to an operation being conducted today at the Khayelitsha Court and the suspect being arrested. He is due to appear in the Stellenbosch Magistrates’ Court on a charge of armed robbery.

In an unrelated matter a Crime Prevention Operation was conducted in Guguletu on Saturday, 26 May 2018, and SAPS members followed up on information from the public about a man having a firearm at a certain house at the Guguletu squatter camp, Barcelona. He was arrested for the unlawful possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Police members acted on further information and while they were searching the place they found a man with a blue and red Spiderman bag in his possession. Members searched the bag and recovered an unlicensed 9mm Parabellum pistol with one magazine and nine live rounds. They also found a black m90 Luger 9mm Parabellum firearm.

The 28 year old suspect was arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. He appeared at the Athlone Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 28 May 2018, on the said charges.

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