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Police urge people to always be cautious when they are at R80 Mabopane Highway and avoid stopping at the mountains nearby be it for leisure such as hiking and cycling, spiritual purposes or for anything as there have been various cases of robbery, hijacking and kidnappings on the said mountains.
This follows various cases that were reported by victims who were either stopping on the said mountains for leisure or to pray on the mountains who fell prey to robbers who forcefully took their belongings in some cases some werekilled in the process.
An operation led by newly appointed Tshwane District Police Major General Mohanjane saw five suspects alleged to be behind the spate of armed robberies and other serious crimes in the Theo Martins Poort – Magalies Mountain area along the R-80 Mabopane Highway this past week.
Police Spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said they got !ore concerned after receiving multiple reports from victims about the area.
“An intelligence-driven operation on Wednesday 14 October 2020 led police to the suspects’ hideout in Marabastad where three suspects were traced and arrested. The other two suspects were already in custody following their earlier arrest on two Hercules cases of May and August 2020.”
” subsequent centralisation of related dockets from Hercules and Akasia to District level, followed by the meticulous analysis of the modus operandi and the cooperation of the victims, saw the five suspects being linked to various cases which include a September 2020 Akasia case of armed robbery, kidnapping and murder; and a number of other serious and violent crimes mostly armed robberies and robbery with a weapon other than a firearm.”
“Investigations continue as police believe that more victims could still come forward, while also not ruling out the possibility of more arrests” added Brigadier Peters.
The arrested suspects will make their court appearance at Pretoria Magistrate Court on Monday.
Police visibility is set to continue on the mentioned areas.