Five armed robbery suspects have been captured after a spectacular high-speed chase that ended in a gunfight. In the meantime, the Thohoyandou Magistrate's Court has taken them into custody and will bring them to trial soon.
Fearless and unrelenting officers from Muswodi, the local K9 Units, Public Order Police and Thohoyandou Visible Policing were able to track down the suspects, corner them, and arrest them shortly after they stormed into a local Muswodi supermarket and robbed it, according to police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
Five suspects [allegedly] robbed a business at gunpoint of cash, airtime coupons, phones, and a Nissan one-tonner belonging to one of the store's clients, according to a report obtained by police in Muswodi, Thohoyandou Cluster. After that, they allegedly fled the scene.
An immediate response from the authorities led to the suspects fleeing in a Hyundai I10 after abandoning the looted vehicle. The Thohoyandou police department was then asked for help.
Following the Matashe-Vhufuli crossing, the suspects' vehicle continued on its way to the Muswodi police station. In order to avoid the Thohoyandou police, the driver attempted to swerve the truck but lost control and landed in the surrounding thicket, Mojapelo said.
Five suspected armed robbers, aged 30 to 34, were caught after a car pursuit and shooting in Thohoyandou. Two firearms and ammo as well as airtime coupons were found during the arrests.
When the suspects got out of the car, they shot at the officers as they fled in different directions. After retaliating, all of the members of the gang were arrested. Police recovered cash, five cellphones, two firearms and ammunition, and airtime vouchers during the arrests, according to Mojapelo.
For their work eradicating violent crime, Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba applauded those officers engaged. They could be linked to other serious cases in and around the Thohoyandou Cluster, according to Mojapelo.
These two men have been charged with business robbery, possession of unauthorized weapons, and other crimes before the Thohoyandou Magistrate Court.
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