JANE FURSE – One of the two motor vehicles, a white Mercedes Benz, that carried an unknown number of occupants involved in cases of business robbery, inquest and attempted murder in Matlala area outside Polokwane was reported hijacked in Jane Furse while the second one, a Toyota Legend 45 in Arconhoek, Mpumalanga province, according to police.
Police said it was alleged that two motor vehicles carrying an unknown number of occupants arrived at the gate of a filling station and hooted and, when no one responded, the suspects cut the fence, broke the garage door and stole groceries, cigarettes and looted leaded them in the vehicles.
Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said during that process, a cross fire between the security guards and the criminals ensued until the business owner whom the suspects started shooting at arrived as they drove away.
Ngoepe said that resulted into a motor vehicle chase and continued cross fire until one of the suspects’ motor vehicle, a Toyota Legend 45 lost control and came to a halt. One suspect vanished into the bushes on foot and another was later found fatally wounded inside the car.
“Police immediately started with the investigations and tracing of the remaining suspects until the second suspect was arrested at a local taxi rank through members of the community’s assistance. The intensive search operation led to a second gateway motor vehicle, a Mercedes Benz, found abandoned a few kilometres from the crime scene after it collided with an object. The vehicle was searched and inside, there were groceries, hammer and grinder,” explained Ngoepe.
Ngoepe said preliminary police investigations revealed that one of the getaway vehicles, a Legend 45, was hijacked in Arconhoek area in Mpumalanga province and the second one, a Mercedes Benz was hijacked in Jane Furse area.
Ngoepe said the arrested suspect would soon appear before Matlala Magistrates Court on charges of business robbery, possession of suspected stolen motor vehicles, possession of suspected stolen properties and attempted murder.
Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining group of armed suspects or who can see any person with gunshot wounds at any health facility may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the crime line SMS 32211 or the nearest police station.