LEPHALALE — A business robbery at Jet Stores in Lephalale was reported at Lephalale Police on Tuesday 4 February around 09:30. Still, due to prompt action and good cooperation by CPF members and Police, five suspects between the ages of 30 and 43 were arrested on the same day.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS Cluster spokesperson, three suspects allegedly entered the store, and one of them asked to see the manager.
One of the ladies working at the cash registers, pointed the manager after which the suspect went straight to him and pointed a firearm at him. He instructed him to take him to the cell phone safe and to put the most expensive cell phones in a bag. The cashier thought quickly and put a cell phone with a tracker in the bag. When the suspects left the store, a signal was sent out to report that the phone was taken. The manager confirmed that they were robbed on gunpoint.
The police were informed and given a description of the suspects and the vehicle in which they fled the scene, a white BMW with registration number TF14WGP.
CPF members and Police were deployed, and the vehicle was followed. The suspect swopped vehicles along the way, but five suspects were tracked down and arrested near Babelegi in Hammanskraal in the Bela-Bela Policing area.
All the stolen items were recovered, including a minibus, two 9 mm pistols with 27 live rounds, two magazines, and cell phones to the estimated value of R100 000.
At the time of going to print, they were at Bela-Bela Police, and the driver of the car was still at large. They will later appear in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on a charge of business robbery.
The investigation continues.