On Monday, six suspects, aged 27 to 42,  appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s court following a sting operation in Pretoria which resulted in their arrest, including two police officers from crime intelligence unit. They are suspected of being involved in a string of armed robberies in Gauteng. Conspiracy to conduct armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of illegal firearm and ammunition, possession of stolen car, and police impersonation  are among the allegations they face.

Hawks spokesperson lieutenant-colonel Philani Nkwalase told the media that a multi-disciplinary team acted quickly after receiving information about a syndicate suspected of being involved in a series of armed robberies in Gauteng and preparing an armed robbery in Pretoria.

“ the joint law enforcement team members were strategically placed and a convoy of vehicles with false registration matching the descriptions were spotted in Hatfield upon noticing the police presence they suspected the vehicles dispersed in different directions and a chase ensued,” said Nkwalase

He said two suspects driving in a VW Caddy were stopped and arrested at a gas station in Silverton on Pretoria Street.The Caddy was reported stolen in Pretoria West in October 2021, according to preliminary investigations.

“Meanwhile, another team followed a Volkswagen GTI Golf 7 that drove in high speed to evade arrest. When the police tried stopping them on Alwyn Road in Nellmapius, they allegedly shot at the police who returned fire.

“A police constable attached to Gauteng crime intelligence was arrested along with two other occupants in the vehicle. “One of the suspects, a civilian wearing full police uniform sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital where he is under police guard,” Nkwalase said. According to him, the trio was found with an illegal firearm and ammo,  which was taken for further examination. Fake Hawks regalia was discovered with the group According to Nkwalase, a second constable from criminal intelligence was later linked to the syndicate and arrested. According to him, the female cop was discovered in possession of a Nissan X- Trail fitted with a bogus registration by criminal intelligence. “More arrests are imminent as the investigation is ongoing,” said Nkwalase.

By: Tania Malope.

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