Sunday, December 30, 2007

Five suspects arrested after hi-jacking and armed robbery


By Tina George
30 December 2007

A hi-jacking occured in Albert Luthuli Street, Brown’s Farm yesterday afternoon during a goods delivery.

It is believed that a white Colt bakkie, transporting goods for a furniture store, stopped in the road while looking for a certain delivery address.

“Two men approached the bakkie on foot where one gunshot was heard by the three occupants in the bakkie, after which the bakkie was then hi-jacked,” says Police spokesperson Inspector Bernadine Steyn.

Police arrested one of the suspects next to the bakkie and another in a nearby house after recovering the bakkie, two fridges, a double bed and a stove.

Meanwhile police came across a stationed white Mazda in Bakala Street with three occupants inside.

“Due to thorough investigation police found them to be in possession of two microwaves, a speaker box and two illegal firearms,” says Steyn.

The five suspects are expected to appear in the Athlone magistrates’ court on Monday on charges of hi-jacking, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

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