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A 64-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Marble Hall, Limpopo, after he was allegedly found in possession of poisonous substances he used to drug people and later rob them.
The arrest follows a tip-off from members of the public who were troubled about his operations.
The man was said to be from Hammanskraal near Pretoria.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said the man was nabbed on Saturday and found in possession of Coca-Cola cans in which small holes had been made.
He said another person believed to be working in collusion with the man fled before being caught. Police are still looking for him.
Ramatseba said preliminary investigations indicated the man would allegedly buy the drinks, open a small hole at the bottom of the can and pour a drug in before closing the hole.
He would then offer the drinks to unsuspecting people and later rob them of their belongings.
Ramatseba said they had also discovered that the suspects would enter banking institutions pretending to be doing transactions - while they were actually monitoring people withdrawing money.
After leaving the bank, the men would then follow their target and pretend to be police officers looking for stolen money, he said.
They would then take the money from the unsuspecting person claiming they were going to compare it to the stolen money they were looking for before disappearing.
"The scam was prevalent in the Mankweng and Polokwane areas, and we believe we have arrested the same man who was wanted for those operations in these areas," said Ramatseba.
He said the man was expected to appear in the Marble Hall magistrate's court today to face an initial charge of possession of poisonous substances.
"We have also forwarded the drinks to the forensic laboratory for tests to determine the type of drugs used," he said.
Ramatseba further warned people against hitchhiking as they might end up being robbed. "In the same breath, we would like to warn people against accepting any kind of drinks from strangers as they might be spiked."