Three suspects arrested for robbing tavern at Solani Village


By Agreement Mabunda

SOLANI VILLAGE-Three male suspects were arrested after an armed robbery in Maake policing area in the early hours of Saturday 16 September 2023 at about 01:30.

It is alleged that a 39-year-old male victim who is an owner of a tavern at Solani village was outside the premises intending to lock the doors when he was accosted by five unknown males who allegedly pointed him with a firearm.

The suspects fired one shot to threaten him and forcefully took the victim inside the premises to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash, liquor and cigarettes. Afterwards, the suspects loaded a laptop and  Generator worth inside a white Isuzu bakkie belonging to the owner before fleeing the scene and heading to Bodweni village.

The Farm-Watch Security spotted a suspicious white Isuzu while patrolling the area and followed it until it stopped at a graveyard. While the suspects were busy offloading the generator, one of the suspects saw a Security Officer fired two shots at him and later took his firearm with ammunition.

The suspects left the Security Officer who went to inform his manager at Wildwalk Farm and the Police were summoned to the scene. A manhunt of the suspects was conducted in the vicinity and three suspects were found hiding in the bushes and were immediately apprehended.

The motor vehicle belonging to the owner of the tavern was later found abandoned along the R36 road in the Letsitele Policing precinct.

A manhunt for the other two suspects is underway and anyone with information that can assist with information leading to the apprehension of the suspects should urgently contact the Investigating Officer Colonel Le Mans on 079 875 7951 or the crime stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.

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