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Linked to store's R350000 theft

By unknown | Jan 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Gershwin Chuenyane

Gershwin Chuenyane

An Mpumalanga bottle store manager and his assistant were arrested for allegedly plotting an armed robbery in which close to R500000 was stolen.

The manager, Solomon Tshukudu, 45, assistant manager Cedric Ntoane, 32, and two other suspects, Sonnyboy Nkoane, 32, and Hendrick Mahlangu, 48, have since been released on R1000 bail each.

The four allegedly committed the crime on Tuesday in Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga.

They were all arrested within 24 hours and they appeared in the Mkobola magistrates' court last Thursday .

They were not asked to plead and the case was postponed for further investigation.

According to a Highveld police spokesman, Captain Klaas Maloka, Tshukudu and Ntoane had called the police and told them that while they were busy "checking the premises and stock, six suspects entered through a back door which had been left open".

Maloka said: "The suspects demanded two set of keys, those for the safe and of the forklift.

"They then locked Tshukudu and Ntoane in the storeroom before using the forklift to load the safe, which contained R350000, into a bakkie and fled the scene."

Maloka said police investigations led to the arrest of Nkoane and Mahlangu.

"Following the arrests and the questioning of the two, police then arrested the two complainants.

"The first two suspects positively linked the manager and his assistant to the crime.

"The bakkie, the safe and an undisclosed amount of cash was also recovered," Maloka said.


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