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Armed robberies at schools a concern
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The Welkom Police Cluster is seriously concerned about the spate of armed robberies at schools in the region.

“We can confirm that we are worried about the number of schools which are being robbed and broken into. Valuable items like computers, tablets and laptops are being taken.

The modus operandi is the same in each case. The security guards are overpowered by armed men.

“Their hands and feet are tied, and the perpetrators proceed to break into the computer rooms and take valuable items,” says Capt. Stephen Thakeng, Welkom Liaison and Communications.

Thakeng says there was a case of burglary at the Tikwana Comprehensive School in Hoopstad.

“Valuable items valued at R100 000 were stolen. With the help of a member of the school governing body, the Hoopstad police arrested a 22-year-old suspect. All of the stolen items were found and given back to the school,” says Thakeng.

The man arrested was Fana Masiu.

He was found guilty in the Hoopstad Magistrate’s Court and sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for five years.

The police are appealing to residents to take care of their property, and schools.

“They must report all incidents or suspicious activity like the residents of Hoopstad did.

“Their vigilance ensured that the suspect was arrested and sentenced. Residents are sternly warned to report people selling laptops, tablets and computers, and they must not buy suspected stolen items,” says Thakeng.

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