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Police in Polokwane, Limpopo, have arrested a group of nine men who have allegedly been terrorising the community for nearly five years.
The gang, believed to have operated at taxi ranks across Polokwane, was arrested yesterday during an operation to smash crime syndicates in the area.
One of the suspects jumped into a nearby dam next to the road between Westenburg and Seshego to escape police officers who were in hot pursuit.
He was later airlifted to safety after police rescued him from the dam.
The man had allegedly tried to swim across the dam to the other side but realised he was surrounded by police and scores of people who had joined the police in giving chase.
He was picked up after he realised he would not be able to escape and surrendered.
Police said the gang was believed to have been responsible for a series of robberies and shoplifting in the city.
Provincial police spokesman Superintendent Mohale Rama- tseba said the police had launched the operation to battle crime in the city.
"We received a tip-off from members of the community and hawkers that the rate of robbery was escalating," Rama- tseba said.
Meanwhile, four people were arrested for armed robbery in Dennilton yesterday.
Police said the four men, aged between 20 and 30, robbed a bakery driver of an undisclosed amount of money.
The men had waited for the driver to stop at a shop at about 5am and confronted him with a firearm.
They tied him and his two assistants up, put them in the back of the truck and later dumped them.
The men were arrested after a tip-off by members of the community.
"We confiscated three unlicensed firearms, the stolen money and cigarettes they stole from the shop," Rama- tseba said.
"They will appear in the Dennilton magistrate's court today on a charge of armed robbery."