Mpumalanga police arrested two suspected robbers found with 96 stolen cellphones. PHOTO: SAPS

Alleged business robbers found with 96 STOLEN phones to go to court

The alleged business robbers were on the run when police managed to trace them and found them with close to 100 cellphones.


Mpumalanga police arrested two suspected robbers found with 96 stolen cellphones. PHOTO: SAPS

Two alleged business robbers were traced and found with 98 stolen cellphones and live ammunition.

The pair are alleged to be linked to a business robbery at a store in Hendrina, Mpumalanga, said the police.

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Police received information that alleged business robbers were on the run after robbing a store, spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said.

“According to our information, it is said the suspects were travelling on the R38 using a white Toyota Etios with Gauteng registration number plates. They were heading towards the direction of Bethal.”

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
The alleged robbers had travelled in a white Toyota Etios. PHOTO: SAPS

But police immediately responded and noticed the vehicle with two occupants at an intersection between the R38 Road – between Bethal and Middelburg – and the R35 Road – between Bethal and Hendrina.

The alleged robbers were cornered by the assistance of ACSU Security, HABPS Security and members of the Bethal community policing forum (CPF).

This happened on Friday at around 16h45, says Mohlala.

“A search was then conducted on the said vehicle where 96 cellphones, unlicenced firearm with 11 live ammunitions were found in their possession. The serial number of the firearm was filed off,” said Mohala.

The alleged robbers, aged 29 and 50 were immediately arrested. They are expected to appear before the Bethal Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing the said charges.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the success and appreciated the teamwork by various stakeholders.

“It is very important to understand that the significant impact that can be made in the battle against crime requires a collaborative effort which has been displayed in this instance,” said Manamela.

Police arrested two alleged robbers for a business robbery in Mpumalanga. PHOTO: SAPS

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A 44-year-old man is behind bars after he was found in possession of a Toyota Hilux bakkie which was stolen during a robbery in Bushbuckridge.

The suspect on Tuesday committed a house robbery in Dwarsloop Phase 2. Along with two other armed robbers, the suspect held the family of the house at gunpoint.

One of the armed robbers who stole a Toyota Hilux during a house robbery was immediately caught. PHOTO: SAPS

The family was robbed of the car keys to the Toyota bakkie as well as several cellphones and an undisclosed amount of money. But on Wednesday, the alleged robber was caught by security guards at White River Airport. Police went to the scene and confirmed the stolen property.

The suspect was positively linked to the said robbery incident in Bushbuckridge.

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