Arrested suspects linked to various robbery cases in Durban

An operation conducted by the Durban Central SAPS and the Durban Flying Squad yielded positive results after three suspects were arrested in the CBD. The suspects were in a white VW, which they allegedly used to commit their crimes.

Police reports have confirmed that they were found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, cellphones, identity documents and a fake police appointment card.

These suspects have been linked to a number of robbery cases in the Durban area and Pietermaritzburg. Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said the suspects would accost unsuspecting individuals carrying cash near the ATMs, drop a parcel with cash and woo the person into taking the money so that they will share it.

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“Then, the individual would be forced into their vehicle and robbed of cash and valuables. The suspects will be profiled to determine if they can be linked to other cases in the province with a similar modus operandi. They will be charged for robbery, impersonating a police officer, possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of suspected stolen property. They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon,” he said.
 
The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa praised the members for strengthening their effort in fighting crime in the province.

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“Our police officers will continue with such operations to get rid of illegal firearms that are in the hands of criminals. Recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province. We are also appealing to the community to work closely with the police in the fight against crime by reporting those involved in any criminal activities,” he said.

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