Potential Armed Robbery Foiled

Between 24 and 29 December Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) speed and drug enforcement units arrested six male wrongdoers in Germiston and Thokoza, and seized dangerous weapons.

At 07h55 on the 24th in Germiston on the N3 freeway by Grey Avenue on-ramp, which is zoned 120km/h, a 46-year-old riding a BMW motorcycle was stopped for clocking 171km/h. Two speedsters in a LDV and SUV, aged 41 and 44, were arrested on the 26th at 10h00 for driving 162km/h and 167km/h, respectively, on the same freeway. The nabbed threesome facing charges of reckless and negligent driving, were granted R1 000 bail each and are to appear in court soon.

Yesterday (28 December) at 11h30 in Thokoza the highly visible EMPD Drug Enforcement Squad approached three suspicious looking men, ages 28, 36 and 39, carrying a visibly heavy sports bag. When the trio noticed the crime fighting unit closing in on them they made an attempt to flee on foot, before being cornered and shackled. Officers uncovered house breaking/robbery implements like an axe, crowbar and masking tape, as well as a 9mm parabellum pistol with serial numbers filed off and two live rounds inside the bag. The trio were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm with ammunition.