Attempts to rob local retailer in KwaThema backfire for criminals

Some of the suspects who attempted to rob local retailer were arrested on the spot.

KwaThema – The police responded and traced the eight suspects who were driving in a silver Dodge Journey and a charcoal Mazda 3.

KwaThema police spokesperson, Captain Thabo Sibuyi, says the police followed the suspects until they stopped at Simelane Street in the area.

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“When the police approached them, one of the suspects opened fire at the police and a war of bullets ensued.

“It is unfortunate that one of the elderly residents was caught in the crossfire and was injured together with two suspects.

“All the suspects were arrested at the scene.

“They were found in possession of a revolver with five live rounds of ammunition.

“We also found 17 R5 rifles, empty cartridges and a 9mm pistol at the scene,” he says.

Also read: Three nabbed for house robbery

Sibuyi says those injured were rushed to Pholosong Hospital where they received medical attention.

“We are investigating a case of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a business robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and live ammunition.

“The two cars that were used by the suspects was impounded,” he says.

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Doreen Mokgolo
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