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By unknown | Apr 23, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sam Nyalunga

Sam Nyalunga

Mpumalanga police are looking for six armed men who allegedly disguised themselves as members of the South African National Defence Force and South African Police Service when they robbed a foreign national's shop.

The men allegedly went to the shop in rural Skhwahlane village near Malelane yesterday morning and pretended to be police and soldiers who wanted to buy something.

Spokesman Amos Mashele said the bogus police and soldiers drew guns and ordered the unsuspecting shop owner and his assistants to lie down.

They allegedly ransacked the shop and made off with cellphones, groceries and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Some of the stolen money was allegedly in Swaziland currency.

Mashele said because there were no other people in the shop the owners could not identify the suspects.

"It would be difficult for the Pakistani owners to identify the perpetrators," he said. "Anyone with information is asked to help."

The robbers are believed to be responsible for other armed robberies in surrounding villages.

Information can be given to investigating officer Detective Constable Sipho Shekwa on 082-772-3224.

Mashele also said that police had arrested more than 15 suspects during April.

He said they would face charges ranging from assault, rape, theft, housebreaking and possession of stolen property.

Mashele attributed the huge success to the Nkomazi community's cooperation with the police.

"The people now support community policing. They have learnt to fight crime in conjunction with their local police," Mashele said.


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