Tshwane Metro Police make arrest during successful operation

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By Dimakatso Modipa

Toyota Etios that suspects used to do their criminal activities
Toyota Etios that suspects used to do their criminal activities

Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) information gathering unit members
conducted an investigation regarding a complaint about suspects who were
impersonating police officers in the Brooklyn and Sunnyside areas.

The unit conducted an investigation on 13 December.

The suspects would stop people, search them and then rob them of their belongings.

Tshwane Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said while conducting patrols in the Brooklyn area, they were approached by a person who alerted the officers that he had just been robbed by two suspects who presented themselves as police.

They were driving a white Toyota Etios.

The officers responded swiftly and located the vehicle in Sunnyside.

“They tried to stop the vehicle but the suspects fled.

Then a pursuit ensued.

While in pursuit, the suspects’ vehicle crashed into another vehicle and they were apprehended,” Mahamba said.

He said inside the suspects’ vehicle were cell phones, laptops and fraudulent police identification cards.

“The two suspects were arrested for common robbery and possession of stolen property,” he said.

Mahamba said the licence disc on the suspects’ vehicle did not correspond to the number plate.

Some of the copper cables found at the truck
Some of the copper cables found at the truck

It was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to a person in the Johannesburg area and was also used in the commission of other crimes.

He said in a separate incident, the TMPD tactical unit pulled over a truck at R55 in Pretoria west near a scrap yard.

The truck seemed to be loaded with pressed recycled cans but upon closer and more inspection, the officers discovered that the truck was loaded
with bags of copper cables, the driver and his accomplice were arrested for possession of suspected stolen copper cables.

The copper cables found have an estimated street value of 4,8 Million Rands.

On the same day, TMPD By-Laws, land invasion and crime prevention members
conducted a joint operation in Nelson Mandela drive and in Lynwood, 22 plastic
erected structures were demolished, three businesses were inspected and were
issued with fines for non-compliance.

“Well done to the TMPD members for their hard work and dedication,” he said.

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