Last night, a business robbery occurred at a shop in Voortrekker Road Bellville at about 20:30. And, a 35-year-old SAPS member alongside three accomplices has been arrested for the crime.
SAPS narrated that the shop owner was inside his shop when two men approached him to buy cigarettes.
While he was attending to them, another man entered, pointed a firearm at him and demanded money.
“The complainant gave an undisclosed amount of cash to him and all three ran out of the shop and fled the scene in a VW Golf,” related SAPS.
After the incident was reported to law enforcement official within the vicinity, the crime fighter followed up the information, arrested four suspect, recovered the money, firearm and ammunition.
Further investigation revealed that one of the suspects is a SAPS member, a police constable stationed at SAPS Khayelitsha.
“He was found to be in possession of a state-owned firearm and ammunition. These suspects are due to appear in the Bellville Magistrates soon on charges of business robbery,” SAPS added.
Also, a separate investigation into house robberies, business robberies, and hijackings in Lwandle, Strand and Somerset West led to the arrest of SAPS members.
First, a 37-year-old sergeant stationed at Strand police station was arrested on two charges of corruption. Two firearms not licensed in his name were found in his possession and were confiscated.
Thereafter, a 39-year-old sergeant also stationed at Strand police station was arrested at his office on two charges of corruption. He will also be charged with the possession of suspected stolen property.
Divulging that the two members will appear before Strand Magistrates court tomorrow, SAPS reiterated its commitment to rooting out corrupt police officers.
“The crime intelligence-driven operation dubbed ‘Project Elephant’ continued with its endeavors to root out corruption within SAPS in the Western Cape.
…It is hoped that the arrests will send a strong message to would be corrupt members. ‘Project Elephant’ has not concluded as yet and the possibility of more arrests is not ruled out,” stated SAPS.