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Cellphone 'robbers' nabbed

By unknown | Mar 27, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Siyabonga Africa

Siyabonga Africa

Police arrested seven men in connection with a robbery at an MTN store at Fourways Crossing, Johannesburg, yesterday.

Investigating officer Balan Muthan said four men entered the store and held up staff with a revolver. They made off with an undisclosed number of cellphones. A blue VW minibus used in the robbery was spotted by Sophiatown police near Helen Joseph Hospital in Westdene.

"Members of the Sophiatown and Brixton police then followed the suspects to a house near the hospital where they apprehended them, together with three accomplices," Muthan said.

The stolen cellphones, minibus and revolver allegedly used in the robbery were recovered. Muthan said the suspects, aged between 29 and 35, were a mix of Nigerian and South African nationals.

They will be charged with possession of stolen goods, armed robbery and pointing a firearm.

Meanwhile, five men wanted for a spate of armed robberies in Wilsonia in the Eastern Cape, were arrested on Tuesday. The men, aged between 19 and 27, were also linked to the robbery and murder of a Somalian spaza shop owner.

A Nigerian national was arrested with stolen clothing worth R20000 in Berea Johannesburg. He is expected to appear in the Johannesburg magistrate's court today. And in Pretoria, three men were arrested for a series of violent crimes, including robbery, rape and hijacking.


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