Police at Bushbuckridge have launched a manhunt for a group of armed men who robbed the Sunbake bakery on Thursday evening.
A manhunt was launched for a group of armed men who stormed and robbed the Sunbake bakery in Nelspruit on Thursday evening.
According to police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, the robbery took place on Thursday night, 6 January 2022, at around 23h30.
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“It is alleged that security officers were patrolling the premises around Sunbake Bakery when about eight armed suspects stormed in and found security officers parked their bakkie at the gate enroute to Nelspruit.
“The suspects then held the guards at gunpoint and robbed them of their company’s firearms and further instructed them to open the gate,” Mohlala said.
He said all security guards were reportedly locked in an office while the suspects broke the cash office and detonated some explosives to force open the safe.
“They then took an undisclosed amount of cash and further robbed them of their company (Bidvest) Toyota bakkie (registration no: TY 74 FS GP) and fled the scene towards the direction of Hazyview.”
Police are investigating a case of business robbery. No arrests have been made as yet.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, has strongly condemned the incident and ordered the swift arrest of the suspects as well as the recovery of the robbed firearms.
“One loose firearm is a danger to the community. We must go all out and apprehend these suspects before they commit further crimes,” she said.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the incident and request anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to immediately contact Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Bhiya on 0726377947 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
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