Four nabbed in Winnie Mandela after high-speed chase

Police at the crime scene in Winnie Mandela Zone 4.

The Olifantsfontein SAPS with backup from Ivory Park, Tembisa, Flying Squad and EMPD officers managed to arrest four men for armed robbery and possession of a hijacked vehicle, unlicensed firearm and ammunition on November 6.

The arrests occurred around Winnie Mandela Zone 4 and Maokeng Extension at about 11:26 am after the police pursued a Mercedes-Benz being driven at high speed by the four suspects.

One of the suspects is led away by the police.

According to Olifantsfontein SAPS spokesperson Constable Mokete Serakwana, the police were patrolling Baksteen and Axell roads when they saw a speeding vehicle jumping a four-way stop.

“When the police noticed the vehicle, it was after they received a complaint about an armed robbery that took place at Olifantsfontein involving a vehicle which fitted the description of the Mercedes-Benz,” Serakwana said.

“They chased after the vehicle around Tswelopele Extension and Winnie Mandela. The four men were cornered at Winnie Mandela Zone 4 and were all arrested from inside the stolen vehicle.”

The Mercedes-Benz that was recovered by the police around Winnie Mandela Zone 4 on November 6.

At Olifantsfontein, it is believed the four suspects robbed a woman of R30 000 as she was about to purchase eggs at a petrol station convenience store.

“The suspects were in possession of two firearms,” Serakwana added.

The four suspects, aged between 36 and 39 years, were detained at Tembisa Police Station. Const Mgijima of the Tembisa SAPS confirmed that a case of possession of a hijacked vehicle, unlicensed firearm and ammunition was registered at the station.

“The vehicle was using a false registration number and it was reported stolen at Sunnyside SAPS. Cellphones were also recovered,” Mgijima added.

One of the suspects in the back of a police van.

Malebo Tseke

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