Two arrested for robberies appear in court

MOTETEMA – Two suspects aged between 30 and 45 years-old arrested in connection with house a spate of robberies committed around Motetema had their cases postponed without bail when they appeared before Motetema Magistrates Court on Monday, 29 October 2018.

The suspects, Ephraim Komane (30) and David Mtshweni (45) appeared before the court for two counts of armed robbery and one house robbery around Motetema.

The duo, who was arrested on 26 October 2018, is expected to reappear before the court on soon for formal bail application and police investigations.

Constable Maphure Manamela, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said a laptop, Plasma TV and DVD recorder were seized during their apprehension.

“The targeted operation were conducted in Motetema and Hoedspruit policing precincts through which five suspects were arrested and stolen property worth thousands of rands was confiscated, Police followed up on information on that led them to different locations where the arrests were made,” said Manamela.

Meanwhile in Hoedspruit outside Giyani, three suspects aged between 32 and 38 years-old were arrested by station detectives after they were successfully tracked down in Namakgale.

During the arrest, police recovered three cellphones, two empty boxes of cellphones, two portable speakers, a shirt from store and a white VW Jetta used during the commission of the crime.

“The arrest of the three follows an incident that occurred on 16 October 2018 inside one of the local clothing stores whereby four men wearing balaclavas threatened two employees with a firearm, tied them up and wore their uniform as disguise while the fifth suspect waited in a vehicle. They told customers they were still packing stock and demanded safe keys from victims. The culprits managed to get away with cash amount of R9 400 and 72 cellphones as well as clothes valued at R80000,” explained Manamela.

Police are still on a manhunt for the remaining two suspects and appeal to anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Happy Mahlangu at 082 836 6696, the police emergency number 08600 10111, crime Sms line 32211 or the nearest police station.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Thapelo Motseo

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