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By Beeld, Sapa | 2012-04-05 10:27:42.0

Partners at a Roodepoort law firm who also serve as acting magistrates allegedly robbed a scrap metal company in the Krugersdorp area of more than R100,000

Two acting magistrates have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery.

The two allegedly robbed a scrap metal company in Krugersdorp of more than R100,000 on March 24, Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said.

Three men posing as police officers apparently pretended to be investigating a case at a second hand scrap dealer in Luipaardsvlei.

“They were driving a Honda Civic motor, dressed in private clothes wearing police reflective jackets and police caps,” Mogale said.

One of the men produced a police identity card.

“They initially pretended to be investigating a case, but then robbed the manager and staff members of approximately R110,000 cash, cellphones and a private firearm.” 

On Wednesday, an off-duty police officer spotted the vehicle used in the robbery.

The vehicle was stopped, and its two occupants, who were found to be acting magistrates from Brits and Ga-Rankuwa, were arrested.

The vehicle was stolen in Linden last year.

Mogale said the men would appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of armed robbery, possession of a hijacked vehicle and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.