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Six armed suspects nabbed

By Everson Luhanga

Gauteng police intercepted alleged criminals who had planned to commit a robbery in Sandton on Sunday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Mavela Masondo confirmed the incident.

Masondo said police intercepted a courier company bakkie and a private Toyota bakkie with six armed suspects in it who were allegedly en route to commit a robbery.

“The suspects were found in possession of two rifles and three pistols loaded with live rounds of ammunition,” he said.

He said police received information that a gang would be committing a robbery in Johannesburg using a marked courier truck.

“Members from the Johannesburg Flying Squad kept up observation and spotted the two vehicles matching the description given, travelling on the N1 South. The police followed the suspects until the M1 South in Sandton, where they stopped the vehicles: a branded courier company Ford bakkie driven by employees of the company, and a white Toyota double-cab bakkie.

“Both vehicles were searched and the suspects were found with the rifles and three pistols,” said Masondo.

He said six suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, as well as conspiracy to commit robbery.

The firearms will be subjected to ballistic testing to determine if they were used in the commission of other crimes, and the suspects will be profiled to establish if they are wanted for other crimes.

Gauteng provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Tommy Mthombeni applauded the members of the Johannesburg Flying Squad for foiling yet another robbery that might have led to the loss of lives.

“I thank our Flying Squad members who acted swiftly after receiving the information and intercepting the suspects before they could commit a crime and possibly kill innocent people.

“I also thank the law-abiding community of Gauteng who continue to alert the police to criminal activities about to take place in our province. Working together, we will squeeze the space available to criminals in Gauteng,” said Mthombeni.

Pictured Above: The six suspects on the ground after police intercepted them.

Image source: SAPS