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Five held for Kimberley cash heist

179782370November 16 2015 at 09:21pm
By Getrude Makhafola

Johannesburg – Five people have been arrested in connection with a cash-in-transit in Kimberley, Northern Cape, on Monday.

“The incident took place near a local store at Beaconsfield. At this stage, we are still busy with the investigation to determine how many suspects were involved in the cash-in-transit,” said the police’s Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana.

“Some of the suspects fled the scene with undisclosed amount of cash, and some of the cash boxes with undisclosed amount of cash have been recovered.”

Police confiscated five firearms and two getaway vehicles.

Meanwhile, in Limpopo, three armed men overpowered security guards who had just collected cash from a shopping centre in Hlogotlou on Monday, police said.

“The guards were robbed of a box containing undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fired shots before fleeing the scene in two vehicles, a Mercedes Benz and a mortuary vehicle. The mortuary vehicle was later found abandoned 30km away from the scene,” said spokesman Lieutenant Malesela Ledwaba. No arrests were made.

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  1. Lock the vehicles doors and close all the windows. Thieves often target vehicles in peak times when traffic is heavy and while stationary at an intersection.
  2. Leaving valuable items in plain sight is only further attracting thieves to your vehicle. Ensure they are well hidden. Out of sight, out of mind.
  3. Don’t hesitate to report suspicious looking individuals or vehicles to the police.  Be fully aware of everything surrounding you and your vehicle
  4. Be wary of people standing at traffic lights or intersections. Perpetrators often mix with the most innocent looking people to avoid suspicion
  5. Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. Perpetrators often point to the vehicles tyres or lights in an attempt to get the driver to pull over, making their task a lot easier.
  6. Thieves target parking lots. Parking in an area with a parking attendant will limit their opportunities to break into your vehicle.
  7. Do not park in poorly lit parking lots at night. Parking in a well-lit area at night allows you to survey the area before exiting and re-entering your vehicle.
  8. Never leave your children alone in a vehicle. Children innocently allow perpetrators into the vehicle, leaving the child to fend for themselves.
  9. Do not exit your vehicle to remove objects laying in the road. Chances are the object have been put there to force the driver to remove it, making them an easy target
  10. Immediately lock the vehicle doors when you enter or exit your vehicle. Don’t give crooks the opportunity to enter your vehicle. It happens in the blink of an eye.

Report any suspicious activity  to our control room on 084-222-2222

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Don’t make yourself a target

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Captain Pinky Tsinyane explained, “Gauteng 10111 receives roughly 10 301 calls in 24 hours, and at the end of the month, the numbers do increase a lot. While 10111 does all it can to ensure complaints are attended to by police, community members are urged to take note that policing is everyone’s responsibility – be vigilant at all times.”

Residents can make communities safer by practicing the following:

  •  Never walk around alone and do not talk to strangers
  •  Be on the lookout for strange cars or people and avoid getting into vehicles of people you do not know
  • Walk in well-lit streets with other people around and in a group, if possible
  •  Make sure your home is secure and become a member of an armed response service. Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers or have them displayed in an accessible area
  •  Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. But think twice before advertising your impending absence on social media, criminals also have access to Facebook and Twitter
  •  Avoid using congested streets where you cannot even walk properly, that is where you will find criminals pickpocketing
  •  Avoid displaying valuables where criminals can see them.

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Cops nab gangsters in high-speed chase

1087051298Johannesburg – Police on Sunday nabbed four men who are allegedly part of a bigger gang that has been terrorising communities in Joburg and Pretoria.

The men, identified by the police as Zimbabweans, were allegedly involved in violent crimes, including murder, attempted murder and house and business robberies.

One of the men arrested was allegedly involved in a robbery at a jewellery store at the Mall of the South last week.

According to Gauteng police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, three of the suspects were arrested in Pretoria North after police received information about an imminent business robbery in the area.

“The suspects were spotted travelling in a Toyota Rav 4. When police approached them during a stop-and-search operation, their vehicle sped off. A chase ensued and the suspect’s vehicle collided with another vehicle from the opposite direction at the R101 in Pretoria North.

“One of the suspects was injured and taken to hospital under police guard,” he said.

Three of the men are linked to a string of crimes, including a murder and house robbery in Sinoville, Pretoria North, last week.

“A man was killed after being shot several times through a kitchen door. The men got into the house and then ransacked it. Several goods, including a plasma screen television and laptop, were stolen,” Dlamini said.

The fourth man was apprehended on Sunday in Rosettenville, Joburg, after a tip-off from the public.

“He was part of a gang that confronted the employees at the Mall of the South where jewellery worth thousands of rand was stolen.

“The suspect was the one who fired several shots randomly while they were fleeing from the scene,” Dlamini said.

On further investigation, police recovered four handguns, 10 plasma screen televisions, gate remotes, cellphones, a Rica machine, cellphone starter packs, balaclavas, a music system and a Toyota Rev 4, which was used as their getaway vehicle. Police were also questioning other suspects who they believed could be members of the gang.

The four men are expected to appear today in the Joburg Magistrate’s Court and Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court.

“We are appealing to all business people to report any suspicious people and vehicles and to upgrade security as the festive season approaches,” Dlamini said.

He warned that during the festive season, several crimes, especially robberies and theft, increased.

“Police are also embarking on festive season operations to make sure that the citizens feel safe,” Dlamini added.

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Police hunt for female rapists

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October 13 2015 at 08:03pm
By ANA Reporter

Kagisho police near Kimberley have appealed to the public to assist in identifying the women following the alleged incident last month.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana said that on 25 September, women thought to be “aged between 20 and 30, dark in complexion, 1.6 and 1.7 metre tall, were allegedly driving in a silver hatched back VW Polo with Limpopo registration number plates, in the area of Retswelele in Galeshewe”.

Tawana said: “The women introduced themselves as Barbara, Rolufu and Daphney. It is alleged that they stopped near a house in Retswelele, asking for a direction to the Kimberley city centre.

“A 32-year-old man willingly directed them in the direction to drive to the Kimberley city centre. However, they deceptively asked the man to accompany them until into the city centre, as they will give him a taxi fare back to his house in Retswelele where they had picked him up.

While they were driving towards the city centre, they offered the man a glass of wine, which he is suspicious that the women might have spiked it. He subsequently passed out after drinking it.

“The next moment when he woke up he found himself in bed at a guesthouse in Lichtenburg, in North- West Province. He was offered tablets to drink by the women, and afterwards they took turns to rape him repeatedly. The man alleged that the women kept him in a guesthouse for three days and raped him.”

Tawana called on anyone with information about the women on the identikit, to contact the investigating officer Sergeant Daniel Satisfied at 053 8076 161 or 083 9400 503.

The investigation continues.

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