News: Four nabbed for house robbery on a Biesiesvlei farm

POTCHEFSTROOM – In an effort to turn the tide against crime, a joint operation was conducted by Provincial Organised Crime, the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Gauteng Organised Crime. Four suspects aged between 29 and 61 were arrested only five days after an alleged house robbery was reported to police.

The suspects’ apprehension came after they allegedly robbed a farmer and eight members of his family on Saturday, 25 January 2020 at about 22:15 on a farm in Deelpan, close to Biesiesvlei.

It is alleged that the farmer was with his family and relatives, seated in the lounge, when suddenly a group of five armed men entered their home and threatened them with firearms. Furthermore all victims were ordered to lay down on the ground and they were tied-up. Jewellery, cellular phones, laptops, liquor and cash were taken by the suspects, before they fled the scene.

After the incident was reported, Detectives worked around the clock, leading the team to Alexander on Thursday, 30 January 2020, where one suspect was arrested. They then proceeded to Witbank where two more suspects were arrested. A Toyota Hilux bakkie, allegedly used in the commission of the crime as well as a cellular phone and a laptop belonging to the victims, were recovered by police. A fourth suspect was arrested in Boikhutso, near Lichtenburg on Saturday, 1 February 2020 and wine, allegedly stolen during the hose robbery, was recovered. More arrests are eminent.

All four suspects are expected to appear in the Lichtenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 3 February 2020, for charges of house robbery.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena congratulated the Detectives for their determination, cooperation and hard work that resulted in these arrests. He emphasized that police will continue to work hard in ensuring that perpetrators of crime are brought to book.

Source: South African Police Service