Polokwane police arrested five of the “most wanted ATM bombing suspects” during a joint operation in Limpopo, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement on Tuesday, 21 April 2021.
The suspects aged between 34 and 45 are allegedly connected to 10 serious and violent cases in the Sekhukhune District over the last several months, including murder, ATM bombings, safe blasting and business robberies.
THREE MEMBERS OF AN ATM BOMBING GANG ARRESTED AT THEIR HOMES
The three suspects apprehended in Limpopo are believed to be part of a larger gang of criminals that have been terrorising community members in the Sekhukhune District; they were especially fond of preying on the business sector in the area.
The SAPS Limpopo Provincial Tracking Team, Provincial Investigations Unit and members of the provincial Highway Patrol Team and the Jane Furse police station apprehended the suspects in their homes after a Tactical Intelligence Driven joint operation.
Police recovered several items reportedly stolen from retail stores and residences at the suspected ATM bombers’ houses, including plasma televisions, clothing, cellphones and a fridge.
“The Preliminary Police investigations further indicated that one of the suspects is on bail for an ATM bombing case which took place at Mahlakung plaza in the Sekororo area under Maake Policing precinct outside Tzaneen in the Mopani District, during October 2020,” said police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
A MANHUNT FOR THE REMAINING GANG MEMBERS IS UNDERWAY
Limpopo police bigwig, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba praised detectives for apprehending the ATM bombers.
“We will keeping fighting these criminals until they are behind bars and find no space to operate in Limpopo,” said Ledwaba, the provincial SAPS commissioner.
Police believe the suspects may be linked to similar cases in the province and the investigation is continuing, meanwhile a manhunt for the remaining suspects is underway.
The arrested ATM bombers will appear before the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court imminently.
Anyone with information that may assist police with their investigation is encouraged to get in touch with Detective Sergeant Phaladi Makola at 082-749-2233 or Lieutenant Colonel Richard Boshomane at 079-894-5501.