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Good detective work leads to arrests for robbery

Two cases of business robbery were opened by Wolseley police last week, and timeous detective work led to the arrest of seven men. Both robberies took place in the Pine Valley area.

“It was reported that on Wednesday 25 March at 10:30, three unknown males entered a spaza shop in the Pine Valley neighbourhood,” said Wolseley police spokesperson Sgt Meryll Africa.

“The suspects were in possession of firearms and ordered the shop owner to sit down.”

She said the robbers then took items from behind the counter and left on foot.

“They took R5 000 in cash, cigarettes, three cellphones and asylum papers. The total value of the stolen goods is calculated at R12 940.”

In a separate incident on Thursday 26 March, another shop fell victim to robbery.

“Five unknown men entered another spaza shop in the Pine Valley neighbourhood and fired two shots inside the shop,” said Africa.

“No-one was injured and, in this instance, the suspects took R4 000 in cash, cigarettes and three cellphones.

Detectives in Wolseley received a description of a car that was involved in the robbery.

“This led them to the Engen garage in De Doorns,” Africa said. “They picked up a similar car on the video footage of the petrol station, and it led them to the Stofland area in De Doorns.

“Observation patrols were conducted between the shacks and the detectives came across the car. An operation, which included the Wolseley detectives, Anti Gang Unit, Crime Intelligence, the K9-unit, Crime Prevention Unit of De Doorns SAPS and members from the Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC), was conducted, and seven men, aged between 30 and 36, were arrested.”

The suspects will appear in the Wolseley Magistrates court in April after the lockdown period.

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