The SAPS Kuruman have arrested nine suspects aged between 18 and 39 for business robbery that occurred at Deurham village near Bothitong village on 17 August 2016.
According to Sergeant Ntombi Manie form the Kuruman corporate communications office, it is alleged that the suspects broke into and entered the business owned by foreign nationals and demanded cash by pointing a firearm at the owner. The perpetrators fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash including groceries.
With the help of the community, the Kuruman K9 unit and the team arrested the suspects after they were found in the Quantum mini bus they were using with a flat tyre.
The suspects were expected to appear in the Mothibistad Magistrate Court on 22 August 2016. The case is still under investigation.
In a different case, two suspects aged 22 and 27 were arrested and another person fled the scene in connection with a business robbery that occurred at Madibeng village near Severn on 17 August 2016.
It is alleged that the suspects entered the local business premises in Madibeng village with fire arms and robbed the owners. Two firearms with ammunition were recovered and confiscated as well as a white Toyota Tazz that was used during the robbery.
One suspect was linked with robbery cases around Tsineng and one in Postmasburg. The two suspects appeared in court on Friday 19 August 2016. The investigation continues.
In a separate case, the SAPS Kuruman opened a case of business robbery that occurred at Bankhara village on 21 August 2016 at around 08:00.
One suspect aged 25 was arrested and three people fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. They are still at large but known.
One firearm was recovered and confiscated as well as a red Toyota Tazz that was used. All stolen items were recovered and handed back to the lawful owner.
The suspect appeared at the Kuruman magistrate’s court on 22 August 2016. The investigation continues.
In another case, the SAPS Wrenchville, together with the Kuruman K9 unit arrested three suspects aged between 20 and 30 after they had been found with a 9mm magazine with ten live rounds and a laptop in Wrenchville on 19 August 2016. Upon further investigation it was found that the magazine was linked to a case of common robbery that was recently opened in Kuruman where a police official was robbed. The investigation led the police to a house in Karee Avenue where the fire arm was recovered and two suspects aged 22 and 26 were charged with illegal possession of an unlicensed fire arm and fourteen live rounds were confiscated.
The suspects appeared at Kuruman Magistrate Court on 22 August 2016.
The SAPS Kuruman management applauded the Kuruman K9 unit, Kuruman POPS and the team for their hard work. Captain Frans Matlhare wants to thank the communities of Deurham and Bendell for their assistance that led to the arrests of the suspects.