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Northern Cape: Armed robbery foiled, six suspects arrested



At least six suspects have been arrested after the Northern Cape Organised Crime Detectives assisted by Kimberley Flying Squad, Kimberley K9 Unit and Warrenton Visible police members, foiled a possible armed robbery recently, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has said.

 “The suspects were on a mission to execute an armed robbery in Holpan near Windsorton. On Saturday, 09 July 2022, the team operationalised intelligence regarding an armed robbery which was planned to be executed in Holpan. The suspects’ vehicle was intercepted on the Holpan gravel road and searched. The suspects were found in possession of four unlicensed firearms,” sais SAPS spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana.

SUSPECTS DUE IN COURT AFTER FOILED ROBBERY

The six suspects are expected to make an appearance at the Barkley West Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 11 July 2022 on counts of conspiracy to commit a robbery and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, Northern Cape SAPS has further said.

The province’s  Acting Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection, Brigadier Nicky Mills has commended the team for acting promptly to bring the perpetrators to book.

Mills has also indicated that the proliferation of firearms will be vigorously enforced in the province.

Earlier this week, Northern Cape acting provincial commissioner, Major General Koliswa Otala spoke about the rise of crime in the province, revealing there had been massive spikes in contact crime

“Assault categories reflected increases of 152 cases for attempted murder, 335 for assault gbh ,and 272 for assault common, compared to the same period last year. Burglaries residential in Frances Baard and Namakwa Districts reflected decreases. Overall robbery at residential premises also reflected a decrease of 12. 1% in the province,” she said.

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